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Event Highlights

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Josh Benaloh -- Security of U.S. Elections Add to calendar

This talk will explore verifiable election technologies that make recounts obsolete by allowing voters themselves to confirm the accuracy of results. These technologies are not new, but they have matured and are starting to be implemented and deployed within the U.S. and around the world. Registration is closed.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Board Game Happy Hour Add to calendar
Join MIT GOLD for games and refreshments at The Board Room, Washington's premiere board game tavern. The Board Room boasts a collection of dozens of modern and vintage board games in a fun setting in the heart of DC. The venue is a 5 minute walk north on Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Circle. We hope to see you there! $5 pp.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Luc Vincent -- Lyft's Approach to Autonomous Vehicles Add to calendar
There is strong consensus in the tech world that Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) will profoundly change people's lives and reshape our cities. However, estimates for how quickly this will happen vary widely. Luc Vincent, VP, Engineering at Lyft, will discuss deploying AVs as part of hybrid "Transportation as a Service" (TaaS) networks, as the quickest and safest way towards large scale and impact. Dinner meeting @ Maggiano's, DC. $46 pp members/guests; $53 pp all others.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Rosalind Picard -- Technology and Emotions; Wearables and Surprises Add to calendar

Could we help people have healthier lives and better experiences if computers could measure and help communicate our emotion?

Years ago, Dr. Rosalind PIcard, Professor if Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, along with her students, began to design, build, and test both wearable and other sensors for recognizing emotion. They designed experiments, gathered data, and developed signal processing and machine learning techniques to see what could be reliably extracted. In this talk Dr. Picard will highlight several of the most surprising findings during this adventure. These include new insights about the "true smile of happiness," discovering that regular cameras (and your smartphone, even in your handbag) can compute some of your biosignals, finding electrical signals on the wrist that give insight into deep brain activity, and learning surprising implications of wearable sensing for autism, anxiety, depression, sleep-memory consolidation, epilepsy, and more.

Dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $51 pp all others.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Seminar Series -- Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Add to calendar
Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications seem to be everywhere today, even though we have been waiting since the 1950s. Its current day components are called machine learning, deep learning, or cognitive computing. The widespread use of AI in a host of commercial products and services has been fueled by functioning digital neural networks, advances in lower cost and faster computer processing, as well as data analytics that allow efficient analysis of massive data sets. AI is crucial to present and future applications like self-driving autos, digital personal assistants that answer all our questions, effective speech and text recognition/translation, advanced image and face recognition, and detecting cancer. This Series will examine the status of these technologies and the policy challenges that could affect their future benefits.

All sessions (dinner meetings) will be held at Maggiano’s in DC at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesdays of October through March. $320 pp members/guests; $350 pp all others. Space is available for the remaining session. $70 pp members/guests; $100 all others.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Career Development Workshop Add to calendar
For the 22nd year the MIT Club, in conjunction the Sloan Club of DC, will present a career development workshop for all MIT alums. Bryn Panee Burkhart (MIT Sloan) will lead a panel of local executives who will share their experiences and knowledge of the Washington market. There will be ample time for questions by attendees. Sandwich buffet & workshop at the Airbus Experience Center in DC, a short walk from 2 Metro stations. $15 pp members/guests, $20 pp non-members.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Rita Colwell -- Global Infectious Diseases, Water, and Health Add to calendar
Infectious disease is a threat that has affected people throughout the world for centuries. People need clean drinking water and a healthy environment. Major scientific advances have been made but there are limitations to current techniques. Meet and learn from Rita Colwell, founder of a company addressing these issues. Dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $49 all others.

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The following events are not yet open for registration. When they are, they will move to the "Event Highlights" section above.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

James Warren -- The Materials Genome Initiative and Artificial Intelligence Add to calendar

The US Materials Genome Initiative is now in its seventh year. With a goal of accelerating the discovery, design, development, and deployment of new materials into manufactured products, the MGI is focused on the creation of a  materials innovation infrastructure.

James Warren is the director of this NIST initiative. NIST has framed its support for the MGI around the need for a data infrastructure that enables the rapid discovery of existing data and models, the tools to assess and improve the quality of those data, and finally the development of new methods and metrologies based on that data.  In partnership with agencies across the government, academia, and industry, these approaches are now yielding significant advances.  Of particular note is the potential for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications upon these troves of data, which is now being borne out, and the vast consequent opportunities for new discoveries.  The presentation will include a focused discussion on the special aspects of applying machine learning to physical phenomena, and the philosophical foundations of knowledge.

Please note that this is not part of the Seminar Series, but is a separately priced event. It will be held at Maggiano's. $46 pp for members and their guests; $53 pp for all others.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Annual Meeting--Susan Hockfield--The Convergence of Biology and Engineering Add to calendar
With an anticipated world population of over 9.5 billion by 2050, we face an unprecedented challenge to sustainably provide sufficient food, water, energy and healthcare. Convergence, the merging of previously distinct disciplines, has emerged as a powerful model with untold potential to drive a new cycle of innovation-based economic growth. Bringing together insights and discoveries from the life, engineering, computation and physical sciences holds the promise of accelerating discovery and the development of new technologies to meet the 21st century’s needs. MIT has been a world leader in promoting Convergence approaches in education and research, paving the way to the discoveries and technologies that will transform our world. Dinner meeting. Kenwood Club in Bethesda.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Tour -- Meadowlark Gardens Add to calendar
Plan to join us for a springtime tour by the Garden Manager of the beautiful and diverse garden areas at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Eric Blaufuss -- Ice Cube: Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment Add to calendar

IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino detector, instrumenting a cubic-kilometer of Antarctic glacial ice at the geographic South Pole. Using signals from the more than 5000 sensors ~2km below the surface, IceCube is able to measure high-energy neutrinos from many sources. These neutrinos are used to study the properties of the neutrino, search for exotic sources such as dark matter, and probe the most energetic objects in the Universe. The detector has observed a signal of astrophysical neutrinos that arrive from the sources outside our galaxy. Yet the identity of the sources that generate these neutrinos remains an open mystery. This talk will highlight the properties of neutrinos, the challenges involved in building a detector like IceCube at the bottom of the Earth, and prospects for for future detections.

Erik Blaufuss is a research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been studying neutrinos his entire career, from looking for hints of neutrino oscillations in neutrinos from the Sun at the Super-Kamiokande detector in Japan, to looking to use neutrinos as an astrophysical messenger to study the most extreme objects in the Universe with the IceCube neutrino observatory.  

Dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mina Marefat--Frank Lloyd Wright's Urbanism from Washington, DC to Baghdad Add to calendar

Mina Marefat (MIT Ph.D.) will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright’s profound engagement with urbanism as he envisioned uncommon solutions to modern challenges in the city using his exquisite renderings, sketches and handwritten notes. From his remarkable Crystal Heights, a city-within-the city of Washington DC, an enchanted crystalline landscape he called an “Arabian Nights Entertainment,” to his unbuilt “Isle of Edena” in Baghdad, Iraq encompassing a garden paradise that included an opera house, museums, an amphitheater and university campus, Frank Lloyd Wright’s urbanism uniquely relates East and West in reciprocated influence, shared memory and imagined possibility.

Joint MIT-Harvard Clubs Dinner meeting @ Hogan Lovells, DC. $45 pp members/guests; $65 pp all others. 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Embassy of Canada Add to calendar
The Embassy of Canada welcomes the MIT Club for a talk on energy innovation and a reception.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

McCrillis Gardens Tour Add to calendar
Enjoy a springtime tour at this lovely garden in Bethesda. Limited space. $9 pp members/guests only.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Partners & Patrons Appreciation Add to calendar
Eric Evans, Director of the MIT Lincoln Lab, will speak to this year's Partners and Patrons at a reception at a private home in Potomac. Invitations will be sent in March.

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