Andrea Bocelli Foundation and MIT Host Workshops (Featuring Joint Research Collaborations)

Andrea Boccelli will attend the event featuring research on vision impairments and social impact programs funded by ABF and conducted at MIT

December 3, 2013

Press Contact

Sarah McDonnell
Phone: 617-253-8923
MIT News Office

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- This Friday, December 6th, The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will host two workshops at MIT, which showcase research on advancements for the blind and visually impaired and the importance of social impact programs, funded by ABF and conducted at MIT. Andrea Bocelli, Italian Ambassador to the United States Claudio Bisogniero, MIT President L. Rafael Reif and others will participate in the event, which will include a designated media availability with Maestro Bocelli.    

Members of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), and researchers from across the United States and Italy, will present their work with ABF at The Challenges workshop from 8:30 AM–5:10 PM. This daylong program will include the progress of the MIT Fifth Sense Project, which is developing wearable devices for blind and visually impaired people.

Researchers from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) will showcase their work at the Break the Barriers workshop from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM where they will discuss the mutual importance of supporting social impact programs in the field and utilizing scientific methods to assess the effect of those programs. Ambassador Bisogniero and President Reif will also present prepared remarks.

Maestro Bocelli, who will speak at both workshops, along with members of ABF, CSAIL and J-PAL, will participate in a photo-op and media availability from 10:10-10:30 AM during The Challenges workshop. Those interested in attending the media availability should arrive for The Challenges no later than 8:30 AM.

For additional details about the workshop, please visit:


Andrea Bocelli 


The Challenges: 8:30 AM–5:10 PM
(Media Avail: 10:10-10:30 AM)
The Grier Room, Building 34, Room 401
50 Vassar Street

Break the Barriers: 3:00-5:00 PM
Kirsch Auditorium, The Stata Center, Building 32, Room 123
32 Vassar Street


Credentials are required to attend any portion of the event. To RSVP, please email or call 617-253-8923.