The Center for Biological & Computational Learning (CBCL) at MIT was founded with the belief that learning is at the very core of the problem of intelligence, both biological and artificial, and is the gateway to understanding how the human brain works and to making intelligent machines. CBCL studied the problem of learning within a multidisciplinary approach for more than two decades. Its main goal was to nurture serious research on the mathematics, the engineering and the neuroscience of learning. Established in 1992 with support from the National Science Foundation, CBCL was based in theDepartment of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT and associated with the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and with the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). CBCL was hosting the Laboratory for Computational and Statistical Learning, a joint lab between the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and MIT.
CBCL in now disappearing, being effectively replaced by the new Center for Brains Minds and Machines which has the mission of understanding what intelligence is, how it is created by the brain and how it may be replicated in machines. This ex-CBCL Web site is now the site of the Poggio lab. Tomaso Poggio, who was the co-director of CBCL is now co-leading the MIT Intelligence Initiative and is the director of CBMM.