Core Quotes from the Quest

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Core Quotes from the Quest

On March 1, MIT Celebrated the official launch of the Quest for Intelligence by hosting a day-long symposium. The morning sessions showcased the principal entities that make up the Quest itself: the Core and the Bridge. The Core will advance the science and engineering of both human and machine intelligence. The Bridge will be dedicated to the application of MIT discoveries in natural and artificial intelligence to all disciplines.

Recently, MIT announced the leadership of its Quest for Intelligence. Jim DiCarlo, the Peter de Florez Professor of Neuroscience, head of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and principal investigator at the McGovern Institute, will be director of “The Core.” One of The Quest’s two linked entities, The Core will advance the science and engineering of both human and machine intelligence. Daniela Rus, the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and director of CSAIL, will be associate director of The Core.  

The Core’s scientific directors will be Josh Tenenbaum, professor of computational cognitive science, a research thrust leader at the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, and a member of CSAIL; and Leslie Kaelbling, the Panasonic Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and a member of CSAIL. The Core’s founding scientific advisor will be Tomaso Poggio, the Eugene McDermott Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, director of the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, a member of CSAIL, and principal investigator at the McGovern Institute. Together, the leadership of The Core will bring together teams of researchers to tackle the most ambitious “moonshot” projects focusing on the science and engineering of intelligence.  

Watch the full presentations by BCS faculty members who participated in the Quest launch below.

Jim DiCarlo, Head of the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Director of The Core, MIT Quest for Intelligence, and Peter de Florez Professor of Neuroscience

Tomaso Poggio, Director of the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, Founding Scientific Advisor of The Core, MIT Quest for Intelligence, Eugene McDermott Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, a member of CSAIL, and principal investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Laura Schulz, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Rebecca Saxe, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Associate Member, McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Josh Tenenbaum, Scientific Director of The Core, MIT Quest for Intelligence, Professor of Computational Cognitive Science, Research Thrust Leader, Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, and member of CSAIL