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Cambridge, MA 02142

The Next Big Thing in Mobile - Startup Exchange Workshop

January 29, 2015

IT is at the forefront of mobile technology innovation. MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) is convening a workshop to discuss the latest advances in mobile experience, tech, and apps from the perspective of the corporates, academics, VCs, and startups in the MIT ecosystem redefining the field today.

The target audience is the MIT innovation ecosystem, including faculty, students, startups, and ILP member companies. We've reserved 10 seats for MIT startup founders and this event will kick of the MIT STEX Tech/ICT cluster. All are welcome. Attendance is free.

In just in few years, smart phones have gone from fancy gadgets to useful, stylish necessities filed with applications and information relevant to everyday life and indispensable to business. Now wearables seem to have turned a corner. Mobile robotics is emergent, too. Advanced tech innovation is becoming plug and play, but R&D challenges remain. What is next on the horizon? What's in the lab right now? Which powerful brands, corporates, and exciting startups are leading the way? What role does MIT play in the continuing mobile revolution?


08:45 am: Breakfast and registration

09:05 am: Welcome: "Showcase of new MIT Startups in 2014" by Trond Undheim, Ph.D., Lead, Startup Initiative, MIT Industrial Liaison Program.
09:10 am: Introductory remarks: "Why ILP is working with MIT startups", by Karl Koster, Executive Director, MIT Industrial Liaison Program.
09:15 am: Keynote: "In search for next big things in Mobile, a Samsung perspective", Raymond Liao, Managing Director, Strategic Investment, Open Innovation Center, Samsung.

Coffee break (5 min).

In the trenches

09:30 am: "The next frontier in mobile computing: Your skin, biology, and the brain in the body", Rob Goldberg, CEO & co-founder, Neumitra.
09:45 am: "The greatest platform for innovation ever: trends in VC and MIT mobile innovation", Scott Johnson, Founder & Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures.
10:00 am: "Smarter Drivers --> Safer Roads: Making Roads Safer with Mobile Sensing, Big Data, and Behavioral Incentives", Prof. Sam Madden, Lead, BigData@CSAIL.
10:15 am: "The future of the mobile experience", Assoc. Prof. Federico Casalegno, Director, MIT Mobile Experience Lab.

Coffee break (5 min).

10:30 am: Panel discussion: the Next Big Thing in Mobile

What are important trends in mobile tech startups from MIT (and elsewhere)?
What does the new mobile business platform look like (infrastructure, interoperability, proven technology, industrial needs/use cases, success stories)?
What are corporate priorities in mobile technology?


Raymond Liao, Managing Director, Strategic Investment, Open Innovation Center, Samsung.
Scott Johnson, Founder & Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures.
Prof. Sam Madden, Lead, BigData@CSAIL.
Assoc. Prof. Federico Casalegno, Director, MIT Mobile Experience Lab.
MIT startup execs (Shazid Azim, CEO, Quanttus, Rob Goldberg, CEO & co-founder, Neumitra, Sanjay Manandhar, CEO, Aerva).

The panel debate will be moderated by Michael A. M. Davies, Senior Lecturer MIT Engineering System Division (ESD) & Chairman, Endeavor Partners.

Building E40

We will be screening "A Forgotten Crime"

January 30, 2015, 12-1:30 PM

Film screening and discussion with John Tirman, executive director and principal research scientist, MIT Center for International Studies. Author of "Deaths of Others," and many other books and publications.

We will be screening "A Forgotten Crime"
(Elli Safari, Remmelt Lukkien, The Netherlands, 2014, color)

During the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) Saddam Hussein bombarded Iran with chemical weapons, while the world looked on without interfering. In A Forgotten Crime political and military leaders, medical experts and contaminated people relate how this drama was experienced in isolated Iran. The film irresistibly drags the viewer into the ever increasing humanitarian, military and political drama of this chemical warfare, which has determined Iran's position in the international political arena until this very day. Former UN Secretary General Perez de Cuellar and Joost Hiltermann, author of A Poisonous Affair provide additional information. Contains unique archive material. Mostly filmed in Iran.

Tackling the Challenges of Big Data

February 3 - March 17, 2015

Course Description

This Online X Programs course will survey state-of-the-art topics in Big Data, looking at data collection (smartphones, sensors, the Web), data storage and processing (scalable relational databases, Hadoop, Spark, etc.), extracting structured data from unstructured data, systems issues (exploiting multicore, security), analytics (machine learning, data compression, efficient algorithms), visualization, and a range of applications.

Each module will introduce broad concepts as well as provide the most recent developments in research.

The course is taught by a team of world experts in each of these areas from MIT and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

CSAIL is the largest research laboratory at MIT and one of the world’s most important centers of information technology research. CSAIL and its members have played a key role in the computer revolution. The lab’s researchers have been key movers in developments like time-sharing, massively parallel computers, public key encryption, the mass commercialization of robots, and much of the technology underlying the ARPANet, Internet, and the World Wide Web.

CSAIL members (former and current) have launched more than 100 companies, including RSA Data Security, Akamai, iRobot, Meraki, ITA Software, and Vertica. The Lab is home to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

With backgrounds in data, programming, finance, multicore technology, database systems, robotics, transportation, hardware, and operating systems, each MIT Tackling the Challenges of Big Data professor brings their own unique experience and expertise to the course.

Building 32 Map

One of a Series: Biology Colloquium

A temporal code instructs experience-dependent topographic map formation

February 3, 2015, 4 PM

Hollis Cline
Scripps Institute

Host: Elly Nedivi

Building 46 Map

Understanding Brain Function: Insights from Genetic and Epigenetic Analysis of CNS Cell Types

February 4, 2015, 6 PM

Nathaniel Heintz, Ph.D.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator,
James and Marilyn Simons Professor, Head-Laboratory of Molecular Biology
The Rockefeller University

It has been known for over a century that the circuitry of the mammalian brain is constructed from hundreds of morphologically distinct cell types. Despite decades of systematic and tremendously incisive electrophysiological studies of the responses of neurons to external sensory cues or internal physiological states, the detailed properties of discrete CNS cell types and their contributions to brain function remained largely obscure. In this seminar, I will discuss our efforts to characterize specific classes of CNS neurons at the molecular level, and to utilize this information to understand their function or dysfunction in the context of emotional or social behavior. The discovery of 5-hyroxymethylcytosine in the mammalian genome and its particular relevance to brain function will also be considered.

Building E40

The Rise and (Apparent) Fall of the "Russian Mafia"

February 6, 2015, 2-4 PM

Mark Galeotti

In the 1990s, the tattooed thug was a staple of Russian life and Boris Yeltsin was warning that Russia was becoming a "superpower of crime". But while that Russian gangster is still alive and well in films and airport thrillers, Moscow's streets are safer than New York's. Have the old-style thugs just died out or moved away? Are we seeing the demise of Russian organized crime, or is it simply transforming itself into something else - and if so, what, and is this an irreversible process? And how have recent events such as the annexation of Crimea affecting matters? Mark Galeotti is Professor of Global Affairs at New York University's Center for Global Affairs and an expert on Russian security affairs. Educated at Cambridge and the LSE, he has been a special adviser to the British government and continues to work with a range of government agencies. His next book, 'Spetsnaz: Russia's special forces', is due out in 2015, and he is completing a history of Russian organized crime.

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Polymer Mechanochemistry and Self-Healing Materials

February 4, 2015, 3:30-4:45 PM

Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore
Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois

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Picking the PADlock: Chemical probes targeting the Protein Arginine Deiminases

February 9, 2015, 4-5 PM

Paul Thompson
University of Massachusetts Medical School