Andrea Bocelli at MIT with his wife, Enrica Cenzatti (left), and Laura Giarre of the University of Palermo.
Andrea Bocelli at MIT with his wife, Enrica Cenzatti (left), and Laura Giarre of the University of Palermo.
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Famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was in town Friday for a workshop at MIT that showcased the latest advancements for blind and visually impaired people. (Bocelli was born with poor eyesight and became blind at 12 after a soccer mishap.) The daylong event, hosted jointly by MIT and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, included researchers from the United States and Italy as well as the MIT Fifth Sense Project, which is developing devices for blind and visually impaired people. In addition to Bocelli, Italy’s ambassador to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero, and MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, were also there.

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