MIT Smart Customization Seminar 2012: Meet the Speakers: Marvin Minsky

Seminar-banner-2012-01 Continuing our little mini series on speakers ofthis year's MIT Smart Customization Seminar, here is some more information on who will be there on stage to share his expert knowledge with you.

MinskyMarvin Minsky

Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
Professor of E.E.C.S., MIT 

Personal Website

Marvin Minsky has made many contributions
to AI, cognitive psychology, mathematics, computational linguistics, robotics,
and optics. In recent years he has worked chiefly on imparting to machines the
human capacity for commonsense reasoning. 

His conception of human intellectual
structure and function is presented in two books: The Emotion Machine and The
Society of Mind (which is also the title of the course he teaches at MIT). He
received the BA and PhD in mathematics at Harvard (1950) and Princeton (1954).

In 1951 he built the SNARC, the first neural network simulator. His other
inventions include mechanical arms, hands and other robotic devices, the
Confocal Scanning Microscope, the "Muse" synthesizer for musical
variations (with E. Fredkin), and one of the first LOGO "turtles".

professor with MIT’s Media Lab and AI Lab, he is a member of the NAS, NAE and
Argentine NAS. In addition, he has received the ACM Turing Award, the MIT
Killian Award, the Japan Prize, the IJCAI Research Excellence Award, the Rank
Prize and the Robert Wood Prize for Optoelectronics, and the Benjamin Franklin

You can download this year's Smart Customization Seminar's agenda here!

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About the Author:

Frank T. Piller is a Co-Director of the MIT Smart Customization Group at the MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a chair professor of management at the Technology & Innovation Management Group of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutes of technology. Before entering his recent position in Aachen, he worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2004-2007) and has been an associate professor of management at TUM Business School, Technische Universitaet Muenchen. Frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Economist, and Business Week, amongst others, Frank is regarded as one of the leading experts on strategies for customer-centric value creation, like mass customization, personalization, and innovation co-creation. His recent analysis of the crowdsourcing business model “Threadless” (co-authored with Susumu Ogawa), an innovative crowdsourcing business model in the fashion industry, has been elected as one of the Top-20 articles in MIT Sloan Management Review.