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Event Highlights

Tuesday, January 09, 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 January through March. $320 pp members/guests; $350 pp all others. Space is available for the remaining 3 sessions. $170 pp members/guests; $200 all others.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tour -- Shakespeare Theater Add to calendar
Join us for a backstage tour of the Shakespeare Theater including the new set for Hamlet. After the tour there will be light refreshments. Limited to 20 people, Club members only, each of whom may optionally register one guest. $5 pp. FULL

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

David Goldston -- The Mission and Role of the MIT Washington Office Add to calendar
David Goldston, Director of the MIT Washington Office, will discuss MIT's prioroties and concerns, and how alums can contribute to MIT's mission here. Dinner meeting @ Maggiano's. $46 pp members/guests. $53 pp all others.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Toast to IAP 6:30-8:00 Add to calendar

James Hoban's Irish Restaurant, 1 Dupont Cir NW, Washington DC

Every year, MIT alumni gather at local watering holes worldwide to celebrate the spirit of Independent Activities Period. By offering a "Toast to IAP" we remember our time taking a "drink from a fire hose" that IAP can bring. If you have not tried the MIT Club of DC, this is a good opportunity to check us out and reconnect with fellow alumni. We hope you will embrace the spirit of IAP by joining other MIT graduates in the DC Metro area to raise a glass to MIT. Looking forward to seeing you there! Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Terra Cotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China Add to calendar
Ten life-size terracotta figures, including warriors and a cavalry horse, that protected the tomb of China’s First Emperor have marched into Richmond as part of Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China, which opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in November. The exhibition includes more than 40 objects never shown before in the United States. Join your fellow MIT alumni for a docent-led tour of one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. $29 pp for current Club members and up to 3 guests; $34 pp for all others. FULL

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

John Mather -- Scientific Discoveries with the James Webb Space Telescope Add to calendar
The James Webb Space Telescope, far larger and more powerful than any prior space telescope, planned for launch in the spring of 2019, will operate a million miles from Earth, cooled to 50 degrees Kelvin. Dr. Mather will outline how the design was conceived and how we’re testing it to make sure it will work. He will describe the scientific objectives and speculate on what we might discover. Considering that the telescope will be able to detect the light and heat of a bumblebee hovering at the distance of the moon, we can expect to be amazed. Dinner meeting @ the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $49 pp all others.

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. $46 pp members/guests; $53 pp for all others.

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 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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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.

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.

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