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Inaugural DUET Lecture

September 24, 2012

Thursday Sept 27 is the inaugural lecture of DUE's new Education Talk (DUET), a monthly series emphasizing current research on learning, cognitive psychology, educational technology, machine learning, neuroscience, and educational assessment, among other topics.  DUET's goal is to provide the MIT community with the latest research in education and to contribute to efforts to enhance student learning both residentially and online.

We are pleased that Professor Pawan Sinha, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, will give the first DUET lecture.  

Dean for Undergraduate Education - Education Talks (DUET)

Learning to See Late in Life

Thursday, September 27, 2012

4:00-5:00 p.m.; Location: 13-2137

Abstract: Discovering meaning in sensory data is one of the most complex learning tasks the human brain performs.  In order to gain insights into some aspects of this process, we have launched an initiative that merges scientific inquiry with social relevance.  Named ‘Project Prakash’ (Sanskrit for ‘light’), this effort provides sight-restoring surgeries to congenitally blind children and also studies their subsequent progress to derive clues about brain plasticity and learning mechanisms.

Pawan Sinha is a Professor of Vision and Computational Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.  Using a combination of experimental and computational modeling techniques, research in Professor Sinha’s laboratory focuses on understanding how the human brain learns to recognize objects through visual experience and how the visual world is encoded in memory.


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