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Panel Discussion
Shakir Mohamed · David Blei · Ryan Adams · José Miguel Hernández-Lobato · Ian Goodfellow · Yarin Gal

Sat Dec 10 07:00 AM -- 08:00 AM (PST) @

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Shakir Mohamed (DeepMind)
Shakir Mohamed

Shakir Mohamed is a senior staff scientist at DeepMind in London. Shakir's main interests lie at the intersection of approximate Bayesian inference, deep learning and reinforcement learning, and the role that machine learning systems at this intersection have in the development of more intelligent and general-purpose learning systems. Before moving to London, Shakir held a Junior Research Fellowship from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), based in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia with Nando de Freitas. Shakir completed his PhD with Zoubin Ghahramani at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar to the United Kingdom. Shakir is from South Africa and completed his previous degrees in Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

David Blei (Columbia University)

David Blei is a Professor of Statistics and Computer Science at Columbia University, and a member of the Columbia Data Science Institute. His research is in statistical machine learning, involving probabilistic topic models, Bayesian nonparametric methods, and approximate posterior inference algorithms for massive data. He works on a variety of applications, including text, images, music, social networks, user behavior, and scientific data. David has received several awards for his research, including a Sloan Fellowship (2010), Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2011), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2011), Blavatnik Faculty Award (2013), and ACM-Infosys Foundation Award (2013). He is a fellow of the ACM.

Ryan Adams (Princeton University)
José Miguel Hernández-Lobato (University of Cambridge)
Ian Goodfellow (OpenAI)

Ian Goodfellow is a research scientist at OpenAI. He obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Stanford University in 2009. He worked on the Stanford AI Robot and interned at Willow Garage before beginning to study deep learning under the direction of Andrew Ng. He completed a PhD co-supervised by Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville in 2014. He invented generative adversarial networks shortly after completing his thesis and shortly before joining Google Brain. At Google, he co-developed an end-to-end deep learning system for recognizing addresses in Street View, studied machine learning security and privacy, and co-authored the MIT Press textbook, Deep Learning. In 2016 he left Google to join OpenAI, a non-profit whose machine is to build safe AI for the benefit of everyone.

Yarin Gal (University of Oxford)

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