MIT SP Graduate Student Dinner Seminar Series

Committee on Scholarly Interactions (CoSI)
Sidney-Pacific Graduate Community
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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MIT SP GRADUATE STUDENT DINNER SEMINAR SERIES

The MIT SP Graduate Student Dinner Seminar Series provides the institute wide platform for students to communicate their research to a large audience outside of their own field,
in low-pressure, inclusive, and collaborative environment.
This initiative was started by Neil Gaikwad with the support of Nicholas Triantafillou,
and is made possible by the Graduate Student Life Grant from
the Office of the Graduate Education at MIT.

Communicate Research and Teaching in STEM, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Arts


Gives graduate students an opportunity to practice public speaking in a low-pressure environment.

Increases students' comfort levels with unfamiliar research topics and provides them exposure to fields and opportunities outside of their primary area of research.

Helps graduate students think about presenting their work to experts, non-expert, and potential UROPs.

Inspire Multidisciplinary Collaborations and
Foster Inclusive Environment


Embraces diversity and creates an inclusive and supportive scientific environment

Helps inspire interdisciplinary collaborations, as students learn about problems in other fields that could be attacked using their own expertise.

Helps potential UROPs to connect with graduate students and mentors.

Learn, Grow, and Network with MIT Graduate Students and UROPs


Creates a bridge to close the gap between graduate and undergraduate research community.

Provides a networking platform to students and brings them together to talk about the work that they love and learn a bit more about what their fellow graduate students in different departments do in their everyday life.

Give a Talk

send an email to gaikwad@media.mit.edu


  • Nov-Dec 2018

    Seminar 15


    Workshop: Facilitating Effective Research

    Attended by over 30 students across different departments at MIT. The workshop was geared toward graduate students and post-docs, with the goal to facilitate discussion about UROP mentoring best practices such as setting and managing expectations, project planning, and effective mentor-mentee communication among other topics. Ultimately, we hope these discussions foster more effective UROP research and advising relationships between undergraduates and their mentors.
    In a partnership with MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Office (UROP)



  • Sept-Oct 2018

    Seminar 14


    Grad Students and Post Docs Research Lightning Talks for UROP Recruitment and Mentorship

    Jessica Van Brummelen, EECS
    "What's Conversational AI?" with MIT App Inventor and Amazon Alexa
    Ricardo Baptista, AeroAstro
    Projects in the Aerospace Computational Design Laboratory (ACDL)
    Ankur Podder, Architecture
    Design & Fabrication of IoT-products for Self-Sustainable Living in Islands
    Ankit Shah, AeroAstro/CSAIL
    Specification Inference from Demonstrations (Learning 'What' not 'How' using demonstrations)
    Vik Parthiban, Media Lab
    Designing Gestural Interfaces in Mixed Reality (Magic Leap, Leap Motion)
    Heather Kosakowski, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Infant neuroimaging with fMRI: development of brain regions that support high-level vision
    Anurag Panda, MIT Energy Initiative
    Deployment and testing of lightweight and flexible solar panels
    Dharik Mallapragada, MIT Energy Initiative
    Spatio-temporal analysis of renewable generation and electricity demand to support renewable integration studies
    Tyler Okamoto, Mechanical
    In-pipe Leak Detection and Repair Robots and Devices
    Ali Shtarbanov, MIT Media Lab
    Object based media
    Zijun Wei, MIT Media Lab
    Implantable Sensor for Continuous Monitoring of Soft Tissue Biomechanics
    Maksym Korablyov, MIT Media Lab
    Breaking the limitations of search with deep learning

    In a partnership with MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Office (UROP)



  • August 2018

    Seminar 13


    Lizbeth B. De La Torre

    MIT Media Lab
    The Intersection of Art and Science: Imagining our Future in Space


    Panel: Life, Wellness, and Research at MIT for upcoming students.

    Rachel Holladay, MIT EECS
    Karthik Sastry, MIT Economics
    Suzane Cavalcanti, ChemE
    Arkopal Dutt, Mechanical Engineering
    Jin Wu, MIT IDM
    Nicholas Triantafillou, MIT Mathematics
    Lizbeth B. De La Torre, MIT Media Lab
    Mohammad Islam, MIT Aero-Astro



  • July 2018

    Seminar 12


    Ankur Podder

    School of Architecture and Planning
    Hyperislandify (Hyper-Island-ify): Self-sustaining Small Islands, and their role in defining future of cities


    Round table 1
    What Makes a Great Talk, Great?

    Round table 2
    Ethics in Research


  • May-June 2018

    Seminar 11


    Ketian Zhang

    MIT Political Science Department
    Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkey - Explaining Chinese Coercion in the South China Sea


    Richard Zhang

    MIT Mathematics
    Beyond Cambridge Analytica: the Future AI-Driven Political Campaigning


  • May 2018

    Seminar 10

    Grad Students Research Lightning Talks for UROP Recruitment

    Andrew Spielberg, EECS
    Rapid Design, Fabrication, and Democratization of Robots
    Vaibhav Unhelkar, EECS
    Enabling Fluent Collaboration in Human-Machine Teams
    Vik Parthiban, MIT Media Lab
    LuminSDK
    Luzi Sennhauser, EECS and ETH Zurich
    Making sense out of neural networks
    Stefania Druga, Media Lab
    Cognimates
    Alexandre Kaspar, EECS
    Computational Knitting: Patterning and Shaping for everyone
    Spantidakis John, Operational Research
    Analytics for Retailers in Emerging Markets
    Wenbo Tao, EECS
    A System for Building Generalized Panning/Zooming Data Visualizations

    In a partnership with MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Office (UROP)


  • April 2018

    Seminar 9


    Ravikishore Kommajosyula

    Mechanical Engineering and the Center for Computational Engineering
    Leveraging Modern Computers for Computational Research


    Morgan Frank

    MIT Media Lab
    AI, Automation, and the Resilience of Human Labor


  • Feb-March 2018

    Seminar 8


    Fatimagül Husain

    MIT Science Writing
    How Science Travels From the Lab to the NEWS


    Corban N Swain

    Department of Biological Engineering
    The Confluence of Scientific Inquiry and Artistic Expression


    Claudia Lo

    MIT Comparative Media Studies
    When All You Have Is A Banhammer


  • November 2017

    Seminar 7


    Monika Avello

    Department of Biology
    MIT iREFS co-chair
    Active Listening - Using Conflict Management Techniques for Effective Problem Solving


    Elise Ledieu

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    MIT iREFS co-chair
    Active Listening - Using Conflict Management Techniques for Effective Problem Solving



  • September 2017

    Seminar 6


    Lieutenant Commander
    Sjaak de Vlaming

    US Navy & MIT Naval Construction and Engineering
    Submarine Modular Construction


    Nicholas Triantafillou

    MIT Mathematics
    Recent and Not-So-Recent Developments in Sphere Packing


    Patrick White

    MIT Nuclear Engineering
    Understanding the Present and Future of Nuclear Power


  • August 2017

    Seminar 5


    Olivia Fiebig

    MIT Department of Chemistry
    A STEMulating Field: Why Teaching Science Matters


    Jin Wu

    MIT Integrated Design and Management
    How to Make a Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar


    Alpha Yacob Arsano

    Sustainable Design Lab
    MIT School of Architecture
    Methods for Evaluating the Natural Ventilation Cooling Potential for Buildings


  • June 2017

    Seminar 4


    Riddhi Shah

    Urban Studies + Planning
    MIT School of Architecture & Planning
    Social Entrepreneurship


    Nazmus Saquib

    Social Machines
    MIT Media Lab
    Sensei (Sensing Educational Interaction)


    Ady Pathak

    Center for Theoretical Physics
    MIT Physics
    Quest for precision mass measurement of the heaviest known elementary particle


  • April 2017

    Seminar 3


    Amy Zhang

    Human Computer Interaction
    MIT CSAIL
    HCI Systems to Augment Online Discussion


    Nancy Aggarwal

    MIT Physics
    Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory- LIGO
    Quantized light : are photons a friend or a foe?


    Claudia Pérez D'Arpino

    Interactive Robotics
    MIT CSAIL
    C-LEARN, a Method of Learning from Demonstrations


  • March 2017

    Seminar 2


    John McCoy

    Brain And Cognitive Sciences
    Finding the crowd's best answer


    Artem Dementyev

    Responsive Environments,
    MIT Media Lab
    ROVABLES, Miniature On-Body Robots as Mobile Wearables


    Honey Bajaj

    Sloan School of Management and School of Engineering
    Social Entrepreneurship


  • February 2017

    Seminar 1


    Aaron Smargon

    EECS and Broad Institute
    What’s the big deal about CRISPR?


    Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao

    Living Mobile Research Group
    MIT Media Lab
    DuoSkin, a functional, stylish on-skin interface that resembles metallic temporary tattoos


    Randi Williams

    Personal Robots Research Group
    MIT Media Lab
    Blocks and Robots: An Overview of Early Childhood Computer Science and What Comes Next


  • Inception

Seminar 15: Nov-Dec 2018

UROP Initiative

WORKSHOP: FACILITATING EFFECTIVE RESEARCH


The workshop was geared toward graduate students and post-docs, with the goal to facilitate discussion about UROP mentoring best practices such as setting and managing expectations, project planning, and effective mentor-mentee communication among other topics. Ultimately, we hope these discussions foster more effective UROP research and advising relationships between undergraduates and their mentors.

Attended by over 30 students across different departments at MIT.

Seminar 14: Sep-Oct 2018

UROP Initiative: GRAD STUDENTS AND POST DOCS RESEARCH LIGHTNING TALKS FOR UROP RECRUITMENT AND MENTORSHIP

UROP Event


Jessica Van Brummelen Ricardo Baptista, Ankur Podder, Ankit Shah, Vik Parthiban, Heather Kosakowski, Anurag Panda, Dharik Mallapragada, Tyler Okamoto, Ali Shtarbanov, Zijun Wei, Maksym Korablyov.

We received over 200 RSVPs from graduate, undergraduate and post-docs for the event

Seminar 13: August 2018

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

LIZBETH B. DE LA TORRE

MIT Media Lab
The Intersection of Art and Science: Imagining our Future in Space

LIFE, WELLNESS, AND RESEARCH AT MIT FOR UPCOMING STUDENTS

Rachel Holladay , Karthik Sastry, Suzane Cavalcanti, Arkopal Dutt, Jin Wu, Nicholas Triantafillou, Lizbeth B. De La Torre, Mohammad Islam, and MIT 2018 Cohort

Seminar 12: July 2018

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

ANKUR PODDER

School of Architecture
Hyperislandify

Round Table

What Makes a Great Talk?
Ethics in Research

Seminar 11: May-June 2018

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

Ketian Zhang

MIT Political Science Department
Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkey - Explaining Chinese Coercion in the South China Sea

Richard Zhang

MIT Mathematics
Beyond Cambridge Analytica: the Future AI-Driven Political Campaigning

Seminar 10: May 2018

Graduate Students Research Lightning Talks for UROPs
The lightning talks and networking sessions provided the institute wide platform for graduate and undergraduate students communities to come together, share their research, and find new mentors as well as collaborators.
We are taking several steps to bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate researchers.
In a partnership with MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Office (UROP)

Andrew Spielberg

MIT EECS
Rapid Design, Fabrication, and Democratization of Robots

Vaibhav Unhelkar

MIT EECS
Enabling Fluent Collaboration in Human-Machine Teams

Vik Parthiban

MIT Media Lab
LuminSDK

Luzi Sennhauser

ETH Zurich, Visiting Student MIT EECS
Making sense out of neural networks

Stefania Druga

MIT Media Lab
Cognimates

Alexandre Kaspar

MIT EECS
Computational Knitting: Patterning and Shaping for everyone

Spantidakis John

MIT Operational Research Center
Analytics for Retailers in Emerging Markets

Wenbo Tao

MIT EECS
A System for Building Generalized Panning/Zooming Data Visualizations

Seminar 9: April 2018

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

Ravikishore Kommajosyula

Mechanical Engineering and the Center for Computational Engineering
Leveraging Modern Computers for Computational Research

Morgan Frank

MIT Media Lab
AI, Automation, and the Resilience of Human Labor

Seminar 8: Feb-March 2018

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

Fatimagül Husain

MIT Science Writing
How Science Travels from the Lab to the NEWS

Corban N Swain

Department of Biological Engineering
The Confluence of Scientific Inquiry and Artistic Expression

Claudia Lo

MIT Comparative Media Studies
When All You Have Is A Banhammer

Seminar 7: November 2017

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

Monika Avello

Department of Biology
Active Listening - Using Conflict Management Techniques for Effective Problem Solving

Elise Ledieu

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Active Listening - Using Conflict Management Techniques for Effective Problem Solving

Seminar 6: September 2017

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

Lieutenant Commander Sjaak de Vlaming

US Navy & MIT Naval Construction and Engineering
Submarine Modular Construction

Nicholas Triantafillou

MIT Mathematics
Recent and Not-So-Recent Developments in Sphere Packing

Patrick White

MIT Nuclear Engineering
Understanding the Present and Future of Nuclear Power

Seminar 5: August 2017

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

Olivia Fiebig

MIT Department of Chemistry
A STEMulating Field: Why Teaching Science Matters
Recorded*

Jin Wu

MIT Integrated Design and Management
How to Make a Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar
Recorded*

Alpha Yacob Arsano

MIT School of Architecture
Methods for Evaluating the Natural Ventilation Cooling Potential for Buildings

Seminar 4: June 2017

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

Riddhi Shah

Urban Studies + Planning
MIT School of Architecture & Planning
Social Entrepreneurship

Nazmus Saquib

Social Machines
MIT Media Lab
Sensei (Sensing Educational Interaction)

Ady Pathak

Center for Theoretical Physics
MIT Physics
Quest for precision mass measurement of the heaviest known elementary particle

Seminar 3: April 2017

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

Amy Zhang

Human Computer Interaction
MIT CSAIL
HCI Systems to Augment Online Discussion

Nancy Aggarwal

MIT Physics
MIT LIGO
Quantized light : are photons a friend or a foe?

Claudia Pérez D'Arpino

Interactive Robotics
MIT CSAIL
C-LEARN, a Method of Learning from Demonstrations

Seminar 2: March 2017

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

John McCoy

MIT Brain And Cognitive Sciences
Finding the crowd's best answer

Artem Dementyev

Responsive Environments,
MIT Media Lab
ROVABLES, Miniature On-Body Robots as Mobile Wearables

Honey Bajaj

Sloan School of Management and School of Engineering
Social Entrepreneurship

Seminar 1: February 2017

Explore the talks and learn more about the speakers

Randi Williams

Personal Robots, MIT Media Lab
Blocks and Robots

Aaron Smargon

EECS and Broad Institute
What’s the big deal about CRISPR?

Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao

Living Mobile, MIT Media Lab
DuoSkin



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Founders

Neil S. Gaikwad

Lead and Co-founder
SP Committee on Scholarly Interactions
MIT Media Lab

Nicholas Triantafillou

Co-founder
Former MIT SP President
Department of Mathematics

Volunteers and Supporters


Committee on Scholarly Interactions (CoSI)
Neil Gaikwad, Anupam Jena, Rohini Shivamoggi

Past Team Members
Mohammad Islam, Nicholas Triantafillou

MIT
Office of the Dean for Graduate Education
Jessica Landry, Office of Graduate Education
Katia Shtyrkova, Fellow, Graduate Student Life Grants
Dana Riechman, the International Students Office (ISO)

MIT Sidney Pacific
Brian Ward (Sidney Pacific House Manager), The Committee on Scholarly Interactions (CoSI),
Office of the President, AV Chairs and Controllers in the Office of Resources, Publicity and Photofile Chairs,
Heads of House and Associate Head of House

Special Thanks
Aashka Dave, Anupam Jena, Ashris Choudhury, Ben Yuan, Cadence Payne, Charlie Guan, Elan Pavlov,
Grace Liu, Jin Wu, Karthik Sastry, Madhav Kumar, Mazen Danaf, Nélson Costa, Peter Lu,
Sami Yamanidouzisorkhabi, Schiffer Zachary, Smargon Aaron, Srivatsa Bhat, Yu Xia, Ziwei Li