Past Talks and Colloquia
Aug 13 15
Host/Chair:
Rosalind W. Picard

Chronic psychological stress carries a wide array of pathophysiological risks, including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, and immune dysregulation. An important step in managing stress, before it becomes chronic, is recognizing precisely when and where it occurs. This thesis creates and evaluates new methods to improve the measurement of stress at work by leveraging state-of-the-art wearable devices.

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Aug 13 15
Host/Chair:
Rosalind W. Picard

This thesis designs and carries out a series of studies, which collect multi-modal data from wearable sensors and mobile phones with trait data such as personality types, for learning about behaviors and traits that impact human health and wellbeing.

First, Sano conducted several studies showing how multi-modal wearable sensors can improve characterization of sleep/wake states over motion-sensing alone, and characterizing wrist electrodermal activity (EDA) patterns during sleep. We found that EDA helps discriminate when there is improved sleep-related memory consolidation.

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Aug 09 15 - Aug 13 15
Los Angeles Convention Center

Talks
8/10, 9:00am | Jennifer Jacobs: Art Gallery Talk: Line Number

8/10, 11:45am | Joi Ito: Keynote

8/11, 5:45pm | Hiroshi Ishii: SIGGRAPH Next

8/11, 5:45pm | Ramesh Raskar: SIGGRAPH Next

Papers

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Aug 05 15
E17-133
Host/Chair:
Hiroshi Ishii

This talk is open to the public.

Vincent Leclerc, co-founder and CTO of PixMob (www.pixmob.com), will discuss the challenges and opportunities of designing embedded objects for large crowds at events. Over its short existence, PixMob has worked with Oprah, Arcade Fire, Tiësto, Cirque du Soleil, the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, the 2014 Super Bowl and over 300 international shows and artists.

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Jul 29 15

Metadata, the breadcrumbs inadvertently left behind by technology, give us unprecedented perspectives on individuals and societies. Researchers have compared the recent availability of large-scale behavioral datasets to the invention of the microscope. However, while metadata have great potential for good in research and beyond, their collection and broad use raise privacy concerns. These metadata contain rich information on somebody’s whereabouts, social life, preferences, and finances. They can be used for good but can also be abused.

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Jul 24 15
Pasadena, CA
Jul 15 15 - Jul 16 15

Join us in person or via webcast for Knotty Objects, the first MIT Media Lab summer summit, this year devoted to an exploration of design, science, and technology. Learn more at http://knotty.media.mit.edu. Follow #knottyobjects for more!

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Jul 09 15
Host/Chair:
Mitchel Resnick

Many domains of DIY (do-it-yourself) activity, like knitting, woodworking, and cooking, combine useful products with individual creativity. With today’s electronics, it’s difficult to combine these two values. The devices we use are mass-produced with little involvement from the vast majority of people. The electronics we make as individuals are built mostly with toolkits and other prototyping processes that aren’t well suited to extended use.

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Jul 07 15
Host/Chair:
Hiroshi Ishii

Shape displays render digital content as dynamic physical shapes. They enable multiple users to touch, feel, and deform their surface topology in order to understand information, express ideas, and collaborate. But while these interfaces hold great promise, their application areas are not yet well defined and few specific interaction techniques have been developed for them.

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Jul 06 15 - Jul 07 15
Tokyo, Japan

The New Context Conference, an annual conference hosted by Digital Garage and Joi Ito, co-founder of Digital Garage and current director of the MIT Media Lab, will take place this year’s on July 6-7 at Toranomon Hills, Tokyo. From 2005, the conference has discussed seminal topics surrounding internet business and technology. This year’s conference will focus on two major themes: Digital Currency and Virtual Reality, and how these two upcoming technologies will change our way of conducting business -- and our way of living -- over the next 5 to 10 years.

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