Past Talks and Colloquia
Feb 04 16

New date TBA.

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Jan 28 16
San Diego, CA
Jan 20 16
Host/Chair:
Scalable Cooperation

For decades, physical behavioral labs have been the primary method for conducting controlled experiments of human behavior. However, the Internet now enables "virtual labs" using online participants, which extend the scope of experimental methods and allow for studies of increasing complexity, size, and breadth compared to physical labs. In this talk, Andrew Mao will discuss two experiments using virtual lab techniques to study interaction and coordination in groups, and motivate the potential of future virtual lab research.

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Jan 20 16 - Jan 22 16
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

Wednesday, 1/20, 12:30pm | Ed Boyden: Panel: Will Science Save Us?

Wednesday, 1/20, 4-5pm and Saturday, 1/23, 1-2pm | Neri Oxman: Bio-Inspired Design

Thursday, 1/21, 9am and Friday, 1/22, 9am | Ed Boyden: Engineering Revolutions

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Jan 13 16
Webinar
Jan 07 16
Host/Chair:
Camera Culture

In this talk, Srikumar Ramalingam will show an efficient method for reconstructing the 3D arrangement of lines extracted from a single image, using vanishing points, orthogonal structure, and an optimization procedure that considers all plausible connectivity constraints between lines. Line detection identifies a large number of salient lines that intersect or nearly intersect in an image, but relatively a few of these apparent junctions correspond to real intersections in the 3D scene.

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Dec 17 15
Bocoup, Boston, MA
Dec 16 15
Host/Chair:
Hugh Herr

The prosthetic socket, the mechanical interface between an amputated residuum and an external prosthesis, is of critical importance to the performance of a prosthetic limb system. Conventional prosthetic socket technology is derived using a non-quantitative, artisan methodology. Consequently, a comfortable socket interface cannot be made reproducibly, and persons with limb amputation too often experience discomfort.

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Dec 14 15
Silvia Saccardo
Host/Chair:
Iyad Rahwan

Unethical behavior such as corruption or dishonesty is widespread and comes with efficiency and fairness costs. While some people are willing to engage in unethical actions to maximize their personal gains, for others behaving unethically comes with self-image costs. Insights from behavioral economics can help understanding the factors that affect choice and judgment when individuals’ ethical standards conflict with profit maximization motives.

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Dec 14 15
Host/Chair:
Hugh Herr

For people living with limb amputation, the prosthetic socket – the interface between the residuum and prosthesis – is the most critical component. Where a socket is uncomfortable, especially due to poor fit, the quality of life for a patient is greatly hindered. Yet, conventional design of sockets is largely artisan with limited input of quantitative data. Current computer-aided and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) designs are still not clinically applicable solutions.

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