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Building E51

One of a Series: ILP Conference

2014 MIT Information and Communication Technologies Conference

April 23-24, 2014, 9 AM

Join MIT Information and Communication Technology leaders to hear about the latest ICT research and emerging applications in manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, insurance, transportation, energy and finance:

- Decision support and tools for data capture, visualization and analysis
- Technologies that assure data security and privacy
- Mobility and access to information any time, any place
- Content distribution and the role of providers and operators
- Web mining and social network analysis
- Sensors and the “Internet of Things”
- Advanced imaging and sensing technologies
- Supply chain optimization

And network with MIT spinoffs and startups who will present technology demonstrations.

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Scuba: Diving into Data at Facebook

April 23, 2014, 4-5 PM

Janet Wiener
Facebook

Host: MIT Big Data Initiative at CSAIL
Host Affiliation: MIT, CSAIL

Abstract:
Facebook engineers query multiple databases to monitor and analyze Facebook products and services. The fastest of these databases is Scuba, which achieves sub second query response time and latencies of under a minute from events occurring (a client request on a phone, a bug report filed, a code change checked in) to graphs showing those events on engineers’ monitors.
Scuba is a fast, scalable, distributed, in-memory database built at Facebook. It currently ingests millions of rows (events) per second and expires data at the same rate. Scuba stores data completely in memory on hundreds of servers each with 144 GB RAM. To process each query, Scuba aggregates data from all servers. Scuba processes almost a million queries per day. Scuba is used extensively for interactive, ad hoc, analysis queries that run in under a second over live data. In addition, Scuba is the workhorse behind Facebook’s code regression analysis, bug report monitoring, ads revenue monitoring, and performance debugging.
This talk will include content from papers in VLDB 2013 and Sigmod 2014.

Bio:
Janet Wiener is a software engineer at Facebook, where she works on Scuba and other data analysis tools. She also teaches Facebook employees how to make product decisions and trouble shoot live systems issues by asking questions, running experiments, and using data tools to collect and analyze the data. Her previous work includes database algorithms, distributed systems performance, and web exploration at
Stanford University, DEC, Compaq, and HP. She earned a PhD in databases from the U. of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and a BA from Williams College in 1989.


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Atoms for Prosperity - DOE's Nuclear Reactor Technologies Program

April 23, 2014, 3-4 PM

Dr. John E. Kelly
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies
Office of Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy

Biographical information:
Dr. John E. Kelly is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies in the Office of Nuclear Energy. His office is responsible for civilian nuclear reactor research and development portfolio, which includes DOE’s programs on Small Modular Reactors, LWR sustainability, and Generation IV reactors. His office is also responsible for the design, development, and production of radioisotope power systems, principally for NASA missions. In the international arena, Dr. Kelly chairs the Generation IV International Forum and the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE).

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Kelly spent 30 years at Sandia National Laboratories where he was engaged in a broad spectrum of research programs in nuclear reactor safety, advanced nuclear energy technology, and national security.

Dr. Kelly received his B.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1976 and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.

Charlestown Navy Yard 149 13th St Seminar room 2204 Charlestown, MA

One of a Series: Brainmap Seminar

Exploiting stem cell technology to model human neurological disease

April 23, 2014, 12 PM

Clifford Woolf, MD, PhD.
Professor in Neurology and Neurobiology
Boston Children's Hospital
F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center

Dr. Woolf’s research focuses on understanding the mechanism of pain and in promoting the regeneration of the nervous system and in translating these basic science results into new therapeutics and diagnostics. He was the discoverer of central sensitization and the first to show the role of NGF in inflammatory pain. His current work includes human, mouse and Drosophila genetics, stem cell biology, and exploiting a novel strategy for silencing pain fibers.

Most of his work is concentrated on primary sensory and motor neurons, and to the interaction of neurons and immune cells, using a multidisciplinary approach spanning stem cell, molecular and cell biology, electrophysiology, neuroanatomy, behavior and genetics. His group has established functional and comparative genomic strategies using expression profiling, bioinformatics and gain- and loss-of-function approaches, to screen for novel genes that contribute to neuronal plasticity and disease phenotypes.


MIT Building 66

Online Reading and the Future of Annotation

April 24, 2014, 5-7 PM

Abstract

Using the tools of online textual annotation-- the platform Rap Genius, its spinoff site Poetry Genius, or MIT's own Annotation Studio-- readers can collaborate on annotating or interpreting a work, make their annotations public, and respond to interpretations by others. We will be joined by creators, facilitators, and users of these sites to discuss how online annotation is changing practices of reading, enriching practices of teaching and learning, and making newly public a previously private encounter with the written word. MIT's Noel Jackson will moderate.

Speakers

Wyn Kelley is a senior lecturer in Literature. She has worked for many years with the MIT's digital humanities lab, HyperStudio, and is the author of Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York (1996) among other works.

Kurt Fendt is Director of HyperStudio, MIT's Center for Digital Humanities. HyperStudio explores the potential of new media technologies for the enhancement of research and education.

Jeremy Dean, AKA Lucky_Desperado, is the "Education Czar" at Rap Genius, an online database of song lyrics (and poetry on the spinoff site Poetry Genius) that users can annotate freely.

Noel Jackson is a Professor of Literature at MIT and author of Science and Sensation in Romantic Poetry (2008).

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One of a Series: Physics Colloquium

Fundamental Symmetries of the Early Universe and the Origin of Matter

April 24, 2014, 4 PM

Michael Ramsey-Musolf
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Hosted by Jesse Thaler

Explaining why the universe contains more matter than antimatter remains an open problem at the interface of particle and nuclear physics with cosmology. While the Standard Model of particle physics cannot provide an explanation, various candidates for physics beyond the Standard Model may do so by breaking fundamental symmetries. Among the most interesting and testable scenarios are those that would have generated the matter-antimatter asymmetry roughly 10 picoseconds after the Big Bang. I discuss recent theoretical ideas for such scenarios, developments in computing their dynamics, and prospects for testing their viability with experiments at the high energy and high intensity frontiers.

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The Modular Logic of Cell Signaling: Learning to Rewire Cellular Behavior

April 24, 2014, 4-5:15 PM

Wendell Lim
UCSF

Hosted by Timothy Lu

Sponsor: Department of Biological Engineering

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Internet, Security, and Power

April 24, 2014, 7-9 PM

Bruce Schneier

Host: Peter Mager
Host Affiliation: Boston Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society

The Internet affects power, and power affects the Internet. And while we first thought that the Internet would empower the powerless, the reality is much more complicated. Both government and corporate power dominate today's Internet even as distributed groups gain in power. This talk examines the various ways power manifests itself in the Internet, and how security both allows the powerful to remain so while permitting the powerless to thrive as well. On the Internet, data equals power, and the dynamic between the various forces is the fundamental societal issue of the Information Age.

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books -- including Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Chief Technology Officer at Co3 Systems, Inc.

See http://www.schneier.com/ for some hints on what Bruce is thinking about security issues.

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