Tomaso Poggio

Tomaso Poggio
Tomaso Poggio
Eugene McDermott Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Director of NSF Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, MIT

TOMASO POGGIO is the Eugene McDermott Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and the director of the new NSF Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at MIT, of which MIT and Harvard are the main member Institutions.

Among other honors he received the Laurea Honoris Causa from the University of Pavia for the Volta Bicentennial, the 2003 Gabor Award, the Okawa Prize 2009, the AAAS Fellowship and the 2014 Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience. 

With W. Reichardt, he characterized quantitatively the visuo-motor control system in the fly. With D. Marr, he introduced the seminal idea of levels of analysis in computational neuroscience. He introduced regularization as a mathematical framework to approach the ill-posed problems of vision and the key problem of learning from data. In the last decade he has developed an influential hierarchical model of visual recognition in the visual cortex. The citation for the recent 2009 Okawa prize mentions his "...outstanding contributions to the establishment of computational neuroscience, and pioneering researches ranging from the biophysical and behavioral studies of the visual system to the computational analysis of vision and learning in humans and machines."

His research has always been interdisciplinary, between brains and computers. It is now focused on the mathematics of learning theory, the applications of learning techniques to computer vision and especially on computational neuroscience of the visual cortex.