Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Super Humans - Evan Ehrenberg

   Evan Ehrenberg, born in 1993, at age 16 started a PhD program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department studying computational neuroscience. Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in cognitive science with an emphasis in computational modeling, highest honors, at age 16. Won the Robert J. Glushko Prize for distinguished undergraduate research in cognitive science at age 16 for his research on a 'Layered sparse associative network for soft pattern classification and contextual pattern completion". Evan Ehrenberg grew up in California, and received his bachelors degree in cognitive science and computational modeling from UC Berkeley. Now a PhD student in MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Evan pursues research in computational neuroscience, attempting to describe how our brains operate using mathematical algorithms. Evan's thesis focuses on how the human brain learns to detect and recognize all of the faces we encounter in our day-to-day lives, with the hope that it will improve state-of-the-art computer vision and artificial intelligence. Evan was excited to join the Sinha lab at MIT not only for their work in vision science and psycho-physics, but also for their work abroad in India named Project Prakash, in which children with curable blindness are provided free surgery to grant them sight. Evan has been involved with the MIT+K12 program since the original video round, and has focused on educating the general public on how their brains work.

   I found funny and very interesting that he teach Star Wars related courses (about SW universe, but also about basic light-saber combat and not only). Maybe i will check some of them soon. 

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