EmTech MIT: Big Data, emerging interfaces and digital currencies among hot topics

Annual brainiac-fest set to fly this week at MIT Media Lab

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MIT Media Lab

While it's not simple to tap into Silicon Valley's action from the Boston area, one blessing those of us covering tech from the East Coast do have is our access to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in our backyard.

MIT increasingly has become better at promoting its past and present accomplishments, as anyone who has toured the MIT Media Lab can attest.

This week MIT is keeping area journalists and other tech watchers especially busy.

Today, Monday, Oct. 7, the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing has invited reporters (including our own Jon Gold) to check out the latest wireless projects at MIT, including those related to vehicular congestion control, medical implants and robots.

A local group called Mobile Monday, showing it's no one-trick pony, is hosting a showcase of cool mobile startups at the MIT Museum on TUESDAY, Oct. 8.

Finishing off the work week, the annual EmTech MIT conference will be held Wednesday-Friday, and boasts a line-up that covers topics from Big Data to digital currencies (so topical in light of the FBI's hunt for Silk Road's Bitcoins cache) to investing in innovation. Industry stalwarts such as Google (emerging interfaces), IBM (connected cities) and Microsoft (cybersecurity) will be there in force. As will new blood, in the form of "Innovators under 35," who will be recognized for their latest research. Plus, lots and lots of MIT researchers.

I've been attending EmTech since at least 2008 and have had many memorable meetings over the years (those with Android co-creator Rich Miner and ex-OnLive cloud gaming CEO Steve Perlman are among those that spring to mind). I'm looking forward to seeing what unfolds on Thursday.

Bob Brown tracks network research in his Alpha Doggs blog and Facebook page, as well on Twitter and Google +.

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