Past Events

  • 2017 Dec 14

    HMS/CRCS Mixer

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Pierce 301

    Are you interested in applying computational techniques to medicine and the healthcare industry? 

    ​P​lease join our collaboration between the ​M​edical ​S​chool and​ the​ ​S​chool​ of Engineering​ on Thursday, December 14th​,​ in Pierce 301 from 12​:00pm ​-​ ​1:30​pm.

     

    Our October meeting generated ​some great​ discussion on health record optimization ​and​ digital phenotyping.​ Now we hope to identify ​some​ collective project​s​ to tackle as a team. Prior to our next mixer, we hope to accomplish the following: 

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  • 2017 Nov 27

    Dr. Deborah Schrag, MD, MPH

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Maxwell Dworkin 119

    Leveraging “Real World Data” to Accelerate Progress in Cancer Medicine: Opportunities and Obstacles

    Abstract: Historically, progress in cancer medicine stemmed from mechanistic basic research which led to the development of drugs tested in the context of randomized controlled trials. Although this process...

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  • 2017 Nov 20

    Arjuna Sathiaseelan: An Internet for the Masses, by the Masses

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Maxwell Dworkin 119

    Abstract: The Internet has crossed new frontiers with new services being offered every day. As a result, today’s Internet represents a critical infrastructure enabling remote health care, education, employment, e-governance, digital economy, social networks, and more. As such, Internet access should be universal in terms of availability and ability to contribute to the wider society, thereby enabling true digital inclusion to all. Although this vision is shared among both major stakeholders, the reality of today’s Internet and its level of digital inclusion is confronted...

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  • 2017 Oct 30

    Asaf Cidon: Fully Automated Real-time Spear Phishing Detection

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Maxwell Dworkin 119

    Abstract: In the past few years, spear phishing and email-borne social engineering have become one of the most costly security threats, causing over $5 billion in reported losses. These attacks take several forms: some ask the recipient to wire transfer money to the attacker's account, others ask for W2 forms containing social security numbers, and some trick the recipient into sending their credentials by impersonating a widely used service like Microsoft Outlook. Existing security systems fail to detect spear phishing, because the emails...

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  • 2017 Oct 16

    Gilad Lotan: "Beyond the Buzz: impactful data science and machine learning at BuzzFeed"

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Maxwell Dworkin 119

    Beyond the Buzz: impactful data science and machine learning at BuzzFeed

    Over the past few years BuzzFeed has become the largest digital media network in the world, operating globally across multiple platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram in addition to its’ own website and multiple apps. While the network is fueled by content generated from hundreds of creators around the world, it is supported and powered by a world class technology and infrastructure team that supports massive data collection, analysis, and productization.  In this...

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  • 2017 Oct 06

    Barak Sober: "Iron Age Hebrew Epigraphy in the Silicon Age - An Algorithmic Approach To Study Paleo-Hebrew Inscriptions"

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Pierce Hall 209

    Speaker: Barak Sober (Tel Aviv University)

    Title: Iron Age Hebrew Epigraphy in the Silicon Age - An Algorithmic Approach To Study Paleo-Hebrew Inscriptions

    Abstract: Handwriting comparison and identification, e.g. in the setting of forensics, has been widely addressed over the years. However, even in the case of modern documents, the proposed computerized solutions are quite unsatisfactory. For historical documents, such problems are worsened, due to the inscriptions’ preservation conditions. In the following lecture, we will present an attempt at addressing such a...

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  • 2017 Sep 11

    Neil C. Thompson: Science is Shaped by Wikipedia: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Science is Shaped by Wikipedia: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial

    “I sometimes think that general and popular treatises are almost as important for the progress of science as original work.” - Charles Darwin, 1865

    As the largest encyclopedia in the world, it is not surprising that Wikipedia reflects the state of scientific knowledge. However, Wikipedia is also one of the most accessed websites in the world, including by scientists, which suggests that it also has the potential to shape science. This paper shows that it does.

    Incorporating...

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  • 2017 May 02

    Six Reasons Fake News is the End of the World as we Know It

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Six reasons Fake News is the end of the world as we know it
    Date: May 2, 2017
    Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Location: The Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, fake news became a global issue, spanning popular media, academia, and industry. On May 2nd 2017, Harvard University will host an exploratory discussion on how computer science can address the problem of fake news. Discussion will include both technical and policy-facing perspectives from guests in academia and journalism. Please join us as...

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