skip to content




Tech Day 2013

(recorded on the campus of MIT on June 8, 2013)

Unraveling the Workings of the Brain

Throughout the long course of evolution, Homo sapiens has come to dominate the planet shaping and reshaping it in countless ways. At the very core of this incredible story is the human brain. It is an instrument of seemingly limitless power that is continually at work sifting through the mountains of data streaming through it while at the same time keeping alive the physical body that supports it. Indeed, the entire history of our species is the creation of the brain. But what do we know of the workings of this powerful organ?

Drawing on the rich and interdisciplinary resources that MIT offers, Tech Day will touch on a wide variety of research efforts that are focused on understanding how this organ works as well as on efforts to develop new tools for treatment when it does not.


James DiCarlo, Head of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.



  • Joshua Tenenbaum PhD ‘99, Professor of Computational and Cognitive Science, MIT.
  • Rebecca Saxe PhD ’03, Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT.
  • Drazen Prelec, Digital Equipment Corporation LFM Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Professor in the Department of Economics, and Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT.
  • Emery Brown, Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering, professor of computational neuroscience, associate director of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT and the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an anesthesiologist at MGH.
  • Alan Jasanoff, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT.
  • Edward Boyden ’99, MNG ’99, Associate Professor in the MIT Media Lab, Joint Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and in the Department of Biological.