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    Quest | CBMM Seminar Series - Bruno Olshausen

    Date: May 7, 2024 | 4pm EST
    Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46
    Olshausen's research focuses on understanding the information processing strategies employed by the visual system for tasks such as object recognition and scene analysis. Computer scientists have long sought to emulate the abilities of the visual system in digital computers, but achieving performance anywhere close to that exhibited by biological vision systems has proven elusive. Dr. Olshausen's approach is based on studying the response properties of neurons in the brain and attempting to construct mathematical models that can describe what neurons are doing in terms of a functional theory of vision. The aim of this work is not only to advance our understanding of the brain but also to devise new algorithms for image analysis and recognition based on how brains work.
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    Mission Update - The Development of Intelligent Minds

    Date: May 14, 2024 | 4pm EST
    Location: Quest Conference Room, 45-792
    This research mission broadly aims to understand how children grasp new concepts from few examples, how children build upon layers of concepts to reach an understanding of the world and have the flexibility to solve an unbounded range of problems. Can we build AI that starts like a baby and learns like a child?

Past Events

  • Mission Update - Embodied Intelligence

    Date: April 9, 2024 | 4pm EST
    Location: SCC Conference Room, 45-792
    The presentation will begin with short introductions to the question from the artificial and natural intelligence perspectives. Then it will dig a bit into three research results: a Bayesian approach to 3D perception, a method for efficient planning under the resulting uncertainty over world models, and a study of the role of spatial cognition in human behavior in a VR object-search task. The presentation will conclude with a discussion. 
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    Quest | CBMM Seminar Series - Melanie Mitchell

    Date: April 2, 2024 | 4pm EST
    Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46
    Mitchell will survey a current, heated debate in the AI research community on whether large pre-trained language models "understand" language—and the physical and social situations language encodes—in any important sense. She will describe arguments for and against such understanding and, more generally, will discuss methods to evaluate understanding and intelligence in AI systems.
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    Quest | CBMM Seminar Series - Giorgio Metta

    Date: March 26, 2024 | 4pm EST
    Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46
    The iCub is a humanoid robot designed to support research in embodied AI. At 104 cm tall, the iCub is the size of a five-year-old child, and can crawl on all fours, walk, and sit up. Its hands support sophisticated manipulation skills. The iCub is distributed as Open Source following the GPL licenses. More than 50 robots have been built so far which are available in laboratories across Europe, US, Korea, Singapore, and Japan.