Tuesday, December 6, 2016

In London, extending MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Five events build connections between industry, startups, governments, faculty members, and financiers.

Design your own custom drone

CSAIL system lets users design and fabricate drones with a wide range of shapes and structures.

Hunger for change

A panel sponsored by the Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Union of Concerned Scientists brought food luminaries to talk about the need for a national food policy.

Read More: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/12/hunger-for-change/

Can happiness lead toward health

A new Harvard center on health and happiness had its academic coming-out party Friday, hosting a daylong symposium that highlighted what science does and doesn't say about the interaction of health and happiness, and identifying pathways where investigators should probe next.

Read More: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/12/can-happiness-lead-toward-health/

Friday, December 2, 2016

How the brain recognizes faces

Tomaso Poggio, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT and director of the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, has long thought that the brain must produce "invariant" representations of faces and other objects, meaning representations that are indifferent to objects' orientation in space, their distance from the viewer, or their location in the visual field.

Computer learns to recognize sounds by watching video

The researchers' neural network was fed video from 26 terabytes of video data downloaded from the photo-sharing site Flickr. Researchers found the network can interpret natural sounds in terms of image categories. For instance, the network might determine that the sound of birdsong tends to be associated with forest scenes and pictures of trees, birds, birdhouses, and bird feeders.