Upcoming Events
Frequent and varied events—such as lectures, colloquia, symposia, and workshops—play an active role in the continuing vitality and momentum of the Media Lab.
Feb 12 16 9:00am - Aug 12 16 5:00pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Jun 28 16 11:15am - 1:45pm
Brighton, UK
A picture of Philippa Mothersill
Design Research Society

The future of design is becoming ever more digital: from the computer-aided design systems designers use to create 3D models of their inventions, to the digital fabrication machines that can build physical objects previously impossible to manufacture, to the online crowd-sourcing research tools that allow researchers to collect thousands of responses to their studies. How best can thinking about computing be embedded in the philosophy of design, and design research? This workshop proposes some responses to this question, specifically considering the design of physical objects.

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Jun 29 16 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Creative Commons and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

CC:Rewire is a celebration of Creative Commons' renewed vision to build a more vibrant and usable commons of knowledge and creativity that can be freely and easily used by anyone in the world.

Hosted by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
With Creative Commons co-hosts Joi Ito, Advisory Council, Lawrence Lessig, Co-Founder and Board Member, & Esther Wojcicki, Advisory Council

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Jul 07 16 8:00am
A picture of Professor Rosalind Picard
25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Jul 07 16 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Hiroshi Ishii

This thesis introduces and examines methods for the capture and reproduction of music on the piano that maintains a tight coupling between the body and the physical instrument. Music playing originates in the body, which plays a central role in both performance and pedagogy. However, technology for the capture and reproduction of music has largely ignored the intricate relationship between the sound, the body and the instrument in the making and appreciation of music.

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Jul 08 16 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mitchel Resnick

The ability to create, design, and express oneself with technology is an important fluency for full participation and engagement in today’s digitally mediated society. Social support can play a major role in engaging and deepening what young people can learn and do with technology. In particular, parents can play many roles, such as being collaborators, resource providers, and co-learners with their children.

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Aug 04 16 8:30am - Aug 06 16 2:00pm
Lifelong Kindergarten

The Scratch community keeps growing and growing. Young people around the world have shared more than 14 million projects in the Scratch online community—with 20,000 new projects every day.

But what excites us most is not the number of projects but the diversity of projects. Take a look at the Scratch website, and you’ll find an incredible variety of projects: musical animations, virtual tours, science simulations, interactive tutorials, and much more.

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Aug 29 16 12:00am - Sep 02 16 12:00am

Cities are rising at a fast pace. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has seen this with Dubai, and shortly after, Masdar City.

In the meantime, millions of refugees are being displaced within cities throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East, and beyond, with nowhere to live and no infrastructure to support basic daily needs.

How do we rebuild and redesign an ancient city like Damascus, while maintaining and honoring its history?

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Aug 30 16 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Professor Rosalind Picard
Santa Fe Institute

How will our future computers, robots and smartphones get the emotional intelligence they need to be truly useful? This talk highlights the adventures behind some of the world's first technologies that recognize human emotion. Researcher and author Rosalind W. Picard will share surprises from her team’s journey, including discovering that webcams can be used to track heart-rate; enabling smartphones -- even without sensors -- to read heart-rate and respiration; and finding electrical signals on the wrist that can help us understand deep brain activity.

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Aug 31 16 9:00am - 5:00pm

Because of their potential to assist and entertain children, social robots are increasingly being developed and studied as companions for children in education, therapy, entertainment, healthcare, and more. In most of these domains, a single interaction between a robot and a child is insufficient to achieve the desired goal (e.g., to increase learning gains or promote behavior change). Therefore, researchers in the field are faced with the challenge of developing robust and autonomous robots capable of interacting with children over weeks, months, or even years.

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