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Open Data @ MIT
October 28, 2022 | 2-4:30PM ET

MIT Hayden Library
77 Massachusetts Avenue 14S-130
(The Nexus in Hayden Library)
Cambridge, MA 02139

Join us on Oct 28, 2-4:30pm in Hayden Library to celebrate Open Data at MIT, featuring the winners of the inaugural MIT Prize for Open Data. This includes a presentation from MIT graduate student Benjamin Lahner on “An Open fMRI Dataset of 1,102 Annotated Natural Videos to Understand Visual Events.” The phenomenon of human visual event understanding, which includes many neural processes, has interdisciplinary appeal to researchers interested in visual perception, action recognition, embodiment theory, social awareness, memory, and computer vision. Here, Lahner’s team will present the Algonauts Action Video (AAV) dataset, a publicly available collection of 40,200 whole-brain fMRI responses to 1,102 visual event stimuli and accompanying stimuli metadata that describe behaviorally-relevant aspects of each visual event. The AAV dataset is designed to advance scientific knowledge of visual event understanding across many research domains by making this large-scale, high-quality dataset freely available in a standardized format. A portion of the AAV dataset was first introduced in the Lab-sponsored The Algonauts Project 2021: How the Human Brain Makes Sense of a World in Motion, an open challenge in partnership with Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) conference.

About this event
To highlight the value of open data at MIT, and to encourage the next generation of researchers, the MIT School of Science and the MIT Libraries present the MIT Prize for Open Data. Please join us on October 28, 2022 from 2:00-4:30pm, in Hayden Library’s Nexus (14S-130) for the “Open Data at MIT” event featuring the prize winners. The program will feature remarks from School of Science Dean Nergis Mavalvala and MIT Libraries Director Chris Bourg, award presentations, and short talks from prize winners. The award ceremony will be followed by a reception for refreshments and networking. Co-sponsored by the MIT School of Science and the MIT Libraries

Our events are enriched by your presence and we are committed to making them accessible. Assistive listening devices are already available in The Nexus, but please email ce-lib@mit.edu to request any other accommodations.
The Nexus is situated on the first floor of MIT’s Hayden Library, MIT’s Building 14, located at 160 Memorial Drive. The room is on the river side of the library reading room, behind the Courtyard Cafe and across the room from the library service desk. If you have trouble finding it please ask at the service desk.