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A Crash Course in the Basics of Programming, Replication, and Numerical Methods
Jan/22 Mon 09:00AM–10:30AM
Jan/23 Tue 09:00AM–10:30AM
Jan/25 Thu 09:00AM–10:30AM
Jan/26 Fri 09:00AM–10:30AM
Jan/29 Mon 09:00AM–10:30AM
Jan/30 Tue 09:00AM–10:30AM

Instructor: Victor M. Quintas-Martinez

Questions? Contact Eric Trueswell (

Buddhist Meditation
Jan/19 Fri 09:30AM–11:00AM
Jan/19 Fri 01:30PM–03:00PM
Jan/19 Fri 05:00PM–06:30PM
Jan/20 Sat 09:30AM–11:00AM
Jan/20 Sat 01:30PM–03:00PM
Jan/20 Sat 05:00PM–06:30PM
Jan/21 Sun 09:30AM–11:00AM
Jan/21 Sun 01:30PM–03:00PM
Jan/21 Sun 05:00PM–06:30PM

Buddhist Meditation IAP


Dates: January 19 - 21 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Location: SPXCE Room (W31-110)

There will be 3 drop-in sessions each day for 3 different meditation traditions.

Mind (9:30-11:00 AM): Vipassana meditation - Learn how to focus through contemplative meditation

Hand (1:30-3:00 PM): Yogic meditation - Learn to prepare the body for meditation focused on bodily harmony

Heart (5:00-6:30 PM): Metta meditation - Learn to spread love with mantras intended to open the heart <3

Some of the guest meditation leaders are listed below!  Tea will be served.

  • Ven. Dorjey Dolma (Tibetan)
  • Ven. Deung Myoung Sunim (Korean)
  • Ven. Tenzin Gyurmey (Tibetan)
  • Ven. Nedagamuwe Samitha Thero (Bhante Samitha) (Sri Lankan)
  • Saly Sirothphiphat (Thai)
  • Prahlad Iyengar (Hindu)
  • Dr. Santoshkumar Raut (Indian Buddhist)
  • Kyle Saisakorn Sandberg HDS MDiv student with IMS experiences
Carpentries@MIT: Intro to UnixShell/Python/Git
Jan/23 Tue 10:00AM–03:00PM
Jan/24 Wed 10:00AM–03:00PM
Jan/25 Thu 10:00AM–03:00PM
Jan/26 Fri 10:00AM–03:00PM

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on introductory workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

This event takes place in person over four days, from 10am to 3pm each day. You are expected to attend the workshop on all four days. Lunch will be provided. If you can no longer make it to all four days of the workshop, please be sure to cancel your registration since we may have a long waiting list. Thank you!

For workshop details:

Important: after registering please follow the setup instructions on this linked page to install needed software and packages before attending the workshop. 

The Carpentries workshops have a code of conduct.

Registration is open to MIT affiliates starting December 10; non-MIT affiliates can register starting January 10. 


This workshop is co-sponsored by MIT Libraries and MIT Schwarzman College of Computing.

Founder Foundry: Forge Your Entrepreneurial Skills
Jan/08 Mon 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/09 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/10 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/11 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM

Join the MIT Entrepreneurship Club and alumni-founded Futures Forge this IAP to practice the skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur or professional!

Science tells us there are a few key attributes and skills that drive almost all job performance and career success, whether as an employee or entrepreneur. And they probably aren’t taught in your classes. How do you improve your grit, adaptability, team leadership, motivation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills? Sign up to find out!

Integrated Challenge-Driven Learning

No lectures! Lead your team through rapid learning and experimentation to complete challenges, competing and learning from other teams:

Operate a logistics system to get at least 40 "special sodas" to thirsty Engineers! Get a budget and build the best (small) roller coaster you can! Redesign lame consumer products and pitch your new products to “investors!” 

What You’ll Learn

  • What skills & attributes really make the difference in your career (and why)?
  • Where are you strongest in these?
  • How can you develop them quickly?
  • How do you apply them in college and your career?
  • AND… learn some of the secrets to accelerated personal growth!

Your Facilitators

Erik Fogg, MIT ‘09 course 2 & 17

  • Serial tech entrepreneur (ProdPerfect, HelmetHub)
  • Raised $27M and grew team to 60
  • Education / politics author
  • Master Assassin

Nat Greene, Oxford/Cambridge Engineering

  • Founder/CEO, Stroud International
  • Won best small consulting firm for 10 years straight!
  • Problem solving author
  • Skiing/rowing junkie



Jan/09 Tue 10:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/11 Thu 10:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/16 Tue 10:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/18 Thu 10:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/23 Tue 10:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/25 Thu 10:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/30 Tue 10:00AM–12:30PM

What is CERT?
CERT training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and maximize your capability to help for the greatest number of people after a disaster.

CERT Training Covers:

  • Disaster Preparation
  • Emergency Operations Organizational Structure
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism and CERT Response

At the conclusion of the 20 hours of training, scheduled in eight class sessions, most of them in-person, a new MIT CERT member will be active to participate in emergency response and large-scale activities hosted on campus as a part of MIT's emergency operations.


IAP Coaching Skills for Engineers Workshop
Jan/22 Mon 10:30AM–02:00PM
Jan/23 Tue 10:30AM–02:00PM
Jan/24 Wed 10:30AM–02:00PM

Coaching Skills for Engineers 

Back by popular demand, we are offering our 3 session workshop this IAP. Don’t miss this chance to integrate coaching skills into your toolkit for success.


Open to all grad students


Based on asking open questions and keeping a curious mindset, coaching provides a practical framework for collaboration, mentoring, and communication. 


Over 3 sessions, this hands-on workshop will introduce you to the coaching mindset, reflective brainstorming, and strategies for adopting the coaching approach into your life. 


Come learn how to use the coaching approach to nurture meaningful relationships, develop creative solutions, and foster effective teamwork!


Lunch will be served during each session.


Session 1: Mon January 22, 10:30am-2pm

Session 2: Tue January 23, 10:30am-2pm

Session 3: Wed January 24, 10:30am-2pm


Location: 5-314




Brought to you by the Grad Student Coaching Program

Sponsored by the Dept. of MechE, EECS, and the Riccio Graduate Engineering Leadership Program

IAP: Deep Learning Bootcamp
Jan/30 Tue 09:00AM–12:00PM

This boot camp will introduce you to the fundamentals of deep learning. What are deep networks and how do they work? We will start by introducing the key data structures and algorithms used by neural nets. Then we will cover popular architectures that build upon these structures, including convolutional networks, residual networks, and transformers. We will look in detail at how these architectures have been applied to the field of computer vision, and we will also give examples of applications in other areas, such as natural language processing and scientific data analysis. The course will also include a hands on tutorial where you will run and code simple networks in Pytorch in your browser.

Part of the Expanding Horizons in Computing IAP series presented by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. See the full list of activities at

IAP: Guidelines for Responsible Generative AI in Research: Scaling Data, Knowledge, and Impact
Jan/23 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM

Generative AI presents practical and societal challenges that are swiftly growing as the technology scales and is increasingly used. Generative models — some mimicking human capabilities — can be used alongside people to enhance project outcomes in domains from scientific discovery and education to industrial cases (i.e., material discovery, responsible AI, synthetic data, misinformation, and more). Focusing on the governance and regulatory angles, this workshop will convene scientists, technologists, administrators, industry professionals, and counsel to discuss mechanisms to oversee and guide the development of AI models developed in academia and academic-industry collaboration. In particular, three brainstorming sessions will explore mechanisms for developing responsible AI systems: data, the dataset used to define the models’ learning or the synthetic data generated; foundation models, their capabilities and colossal repository of information; and the impact of scaling models, from the growing number of parameters to democratizing miniaturized models and their increasing geographical and social impact.

Registration will open in early January.

Part of the Expanding Horizons in Computing IAP series presented by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. See the full list of activities at

IAP: Multimodal AI
Jan/30 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM

Artificial intelligence leveraging multiple data sources and input modalities (tabular data, computer vision, and natural language) is poised to become a viable method to deliver more accurate results and deployable pipelines across various applications. This session aims to review progress in a variety of applications, including healthcare, meteorology and education, and discuss future directions.

Part of the Expanding Horizons in Computing IAP series presented by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. See the full list of activities at

IAP: Programming with Data Bootcamp
Jan/16 Tue 10:00AM–02:00PM
Jan/17 Wed 10:00AM–02:00PM
Jan/18 Thu 10:00AM–02:00PM
Jan/19 Fri 10:00AM–02:00PM

Are you done with your experiment and wondering how in the world to analyze the mountain of data you generated? Is your advisor hating on your Excel-drawn plots? Join a bootcamp on data management and build a toolbox worthy of your science! We will include relational data management, data preparation, data cleaning, visualizations, parallelism, the basics of machine learning, and a lot of chances to try things out on your own and ask questions. Introductory (very basic, really) python knowledge assumed. Taught by students from the Data Systems Group at CSAIL.

Registration is now closed.

Part of the Expanding Horizons in Computing IAP series presented by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. See the full list of activities at

IAP: Three Directions in Design
Jan/29 Mon 03:15PM–05:00PM

The MIT authors of three recent books on design will talk about what design means in their domain, present examples of successful designs, and suggest prospects for the future of design in computing.

Design of Socio-Technical Systems
David Clark, Designing an Internet (MIT Press, 2018)

In this talk I will talk about the design principles of the Internet. I will describe how our understanding of system requirements evolved in the first decades, and how our changing understanding influenced the evolving design.  I will illustrate the space of system requirements and design options by looking at some alternative proposals for how to design an Internet, and the implications of some recent design proposals.

Design of Software Products
Daniel Jackson, The Essence of Software (Princeton University Press, 2021)

I’ll explain how successful innovations in software can usually be traced to just one or two “concepts” that offer new scenarios that, with seemingly small shifts, radically change how an application is used. I’ll give examples from apps such as Zoom, WhatsApp and Photoshop. I’ll also mention how viewing apps through concepts enables use of LLMs for code generation.

Design of Programs

Gerald Jay Sussman, Software Design for Flexibility (MIT Press, 2021)

It is hard to build systems that have acceptable behavior over a larger class of situations than was anticipated by their designers.  The best systems are evolvable: they can be adapted to new situations with only minor modification.  How can we design systems that are flexible in this way?

We have often programmed ourselves into corners and had to expend great effort refactoring code to escape from those corners.  We have now accumulated enough experience to feel that we can identify, isolate, and demonstrate strategies and techniques that we have found to be effective for building large systems that can be adapted for purposes that were not anticipated in the original design. I will illustrate such strategies with examples.

Part of the Expanding Horizons in Computing IAP series presented by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. See the full list of activities at

Motion Capture Suite & Device Workshop | Center for Clinical & Translational Research
Jan/30 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM

Join MIT’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) and Prehealth Advising for the opportunity to explore the exciting world of clinical research and learn about the engaging studies our partner research labs are conducting in the CCTR’s facilities through interactive demos. From the exploration of biomarkers in chronic illnesses, to gait analyses for low-cost prosthetics designs, to Phase IV drug studies, the CCTR supports a wide variety of human subject study needs that we can’t wait to share with you.

The Motion Capture Suite & Device Workshop will include:

1. Interactive Demonstrations: Walk through all steps of running a study in the Motion Capture Suite, including calibration, participant prep and instrumentation, and data collection. Observe the real-time rapid-prototyping of a custom research device in the Device Workshop through 3D-scanning and 3D-printing.

2. Informative Tour: Explore the Motion Capture Suite, Device Workshop, and other relevant spaces.

Who Should AttendStudents, researchers, and members of the MIT community interested in learning more about the clinical research capacities on MIT’s campus. Geared towards those wanting to explore and get involved in clinical research, including students considering pre-med, current medical or graduate students, and anyone interested in clinical research and translational healthcare technologies.

To register for this event, please email if you would like to attend.  

Availaibility is limited, and spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis

Contact InformationFor inquiries, please contact Samantha Young ( or Akunna Rosser (

Planet in Your GIS, Intro to Python and Planet Data API
Jan/22 Mon 01:00PM–04:00PM

With roughly 200 Dove satellites in orbit, PlanetScope Monitoring provides a high-resolution, continuous, and complete view of the world from above, every day. Planet Monitoring provides 3.7 meter resolution images of the entire Earth daily. Access to these ready-to-use images is made simple with Planet’s APIs, web application, and GIS integrations.

Join us for a 3-hour workshop centered around improving your skills using Planetscope Daily Imagery, with a focus on using Planet's APIs and image processing with Python. This event is designed for those keen on advancing their understanding of leveraging Planetscope Imagery, at scale, for research and teaching.

Prerequisites: While not required, having some light familiarity with Python and Jupyter Notebooks will help participants get the most out of the workshop.

If you don't already have a Planet account contact the MIT GIS team as soon as you register to request an account.

This workshop will be held via Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link in your confirmation email.

Schedule (Eastern Time Zone):

  • 1pm - 1:10pm: Welcome and Introduction of Instructors & Facilitators. Instructions for starting a Planet Account.

  • 1:10pm - 1:50pm: Workshop 1: Introduction to Planet data, platforms, and integrations.

  • 1:50pm - 2pm: Break

  • 2pm - 2:50pm: Workshop 2: Introduction to the Planet Data and Orders API. Hands-on introduction to Planet’s APIs, used for searching and ordering images from the Planet imagery catalog with Python.

  • 2:50pm - 3pm: Break

  • 3pm - 3:50pm: Workshop 3: Introduction to Python for Data Processing. Explore basic image processing techniques using Rasterio and GeoPandas in Python with imagery ordered in Workshop 2.

  • 3:50: Closing Remarks

Related LibGuide: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by Paxton LaJoie

Science, Technology, & Ethics in the Real World
Jan/13 Sat 01:00PM–02:30PM
Jan/20 Sat 01:00PM–02:30PM
Jan/27 Sat 01:00PM–02:30PM

MIT is a literally world-changing institution, equipping its students, faculty, and alumni to innovate in science and technology for a better future.  But what sort of future should we be building?

In this mini-course, we will explore four case studies for thinking about what sorts of technologies we should be building, asking questions of meaning, purpose, and ultimate goals. In addition to learning about both religious and secular ethical frameworks, participants will discuss real-world case studies of ethical dilemmas faced by the MIT community. We will explore:

  • What MIT didn’t teach you: an alumni panel exploring everyday ethics and human flourishing in technological industry

  • Climate science

  • Bioethics

  • Artificial Intelligence

The course will meet four times, Saturdays from 1:00-2:30pm EST, January 13-February 3.  The class will meet in person on MIT’s campus (location TBA), and will also have a remote option.  The course is open to current students, faculty, and staff, as well as MIT alumni.

The Enneagram: Nine Personality Types and Communication Styles
Jan/30 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM

3 Sessions:  JAN 30, JAN 31, FEB 1, from 10am-12pm, all in 5-233

Instructor: Nicholas Collura, Director of the MIT Radius Program and TNE Certified Teacher 

What are the neurobiological foundations of human personality?

How do I communicate with family members, peers, and partners who seem so different from me?

And what about my own personality: Am I held captive by fear, shame, anger? Stuck in my head, in my feelings, in my need for control? 

This dynamic and entertaining three-part workshop will consider these questions through the lens of the Enneagram, an inventory of nine fundamental personality structures

Unlock the Power of Negotiation: IAP Mini-Course
Jan/29 Mon 09:30AM–04:30PM
Jan/30 Tue 09:30AM–04:30PM


Unlock the Power of Negotiation: IAP Mini-Course with MIT CCC

Led by Josh Flax, Senior MIT CCC Senior Advisor and former U.S. Federal Mediator

Negotiating with others is a basic human necessity - you need to negotiate on campus, at work, in the home, in a job interview…and many more places! Do you know how to prepare for upcoming negotiations? Are you regularly able to negotiate successfully in a variety of situations to have your basic needs met? What if you want to increase your share of the “value on the table”, beyond simply having basic needs met?

If these and other questions interest you, join our first-ever MIT Center for Constructive Communication Negotiation Skills Mini-Course during IAP - 2024. In this two-day mini-course we play scorable negotiation simulation exercises in small groups, complete with defined roles, and then we examine our results in a fun-filled debrief as we learn from each other what we did well and what needs improvement. We’ll use our debrief learnings to drive our understanding of the principles of negotiation analysis, and learn how negotiators attempt to “grow the pie” in order for everyone to have a larger slice.

The heart of this mini-course emphasizes strategic preparation for upcoming negotiation, not just in simulation - in the real world. We’ll also learn how tactical moves and countermoves, both “at the table” and “away from the table” can dramatically influence negotiation outcomes and sustainable dealmaking. 

The principles of negotiation analysis are also uniquely important when thinking beyond negotiation, to mediation and conflict management. This mini-course is intentionally designed as an introduction for you to the world of conflict resolution - why must mediators learn so much about negotiation analysis to be successful? Come join us to find out!


Registration for this course is now full. To be added to the waitlist, please go here.