Recent and forthcoming machine learning and AI seminars: January 2021 edition


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15 January 2021

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AI seminars

This post contains a list of the AI-related seminars that are scheduled to take place between now and the end of February 2021. We’ve also listed recent past seminars that are available for you to watch. All events detailed here are free and open for anyone to attend virtually.

Upcoming events

This list includes forthcoming seminars scheduled to take place between 15 January and 28 February.

15 January 2021

Deep networks from first principles
Speaker: Yi Ma (UC Berkeley)
Organised by: Princeton University
Register here.

Zero-shot (human-AI) coordination (in Hanabi) and ridge rider
Speaker: Jakob Foerster (Facebook, University of Toronto & Vector Institute)
Organised by: University College London
Zoom link is here.

18 January 2021

AI for science
Speaker: Weinan E (Princeton University)
Organised by: EPFL
Zoom link is here.

Challenges in fraud analytics
Speaker: Bart Baesens (KU Leuven)
Organised by: Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization
Attend the seminar here.

Demystifying (deep) reinforcement learning: the optimist, the pessimist, and their provable efficiency
Speaker: Zhaoran Wang (Northwestern University)
Organised by: London School of Economics and Political Science
Register here.

Training generative adversarial networks with limited data
Speaker: Tero Karras (NVIDIA)
Organised by: Finnish Centre for AI
Join via Zoom here.

19 January 2021

Quantum compiler for classical dynamical systems
Speaker: Dimitris Giannakis (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)
Organised by: University of Minnesota
Register here.

Self-supervised representation learning for sky surveys
Speaker: Md. Abul Hayat (UARK/LBL), George Stein (UCB/LBL)
Organised by: National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)
A recording will be made available on YouTube here.

20 January 2021

Neural networks and quantum field theory
Speaker: James Halverson (Northeastern University)
Organised by: University of Lisbon
Join via Zoom here.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Florian Dörfler (ETH)
Organised by: Control Meets Learning
Link not yet available.

21 January 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Zachery Lipton (Carnegie Mellon University)
Organised by: Trustworthy ML
Join the mailing list for instructions on how to sign up, or check the website a few days beforehand for the Zoom link.

Addressing systemic challenges in peer review
Speaker: Nihar B Shah (Carnegie Melon University)
Organised by: James Madison University
Register here.

TinyML: reducing the carbon footprint of artificial intelligence in the internet of things
Speaker: Song Han
Organised by: Stanford MLSys
Watch the live stream on YouTube here.

22 January 2021

Deep learning in Earth observations
Speaker: Arnt-Børre Salberg (Norwegian Computing Center)
Organised by: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
You can sign up via the Zoom link here.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Marta Garnelo (DeepMind)
Organised by: University College London
Zoom link is here.

25 January 2021

Visual recognition beyond appearances, and its robotic applications
Speaker: Yezhou Yang (Arizona State University)
Organised by: University of California, Irvine
Watch the live stream here.

Learning to play Clash Royale
Speaker: Rinu Boney (Aalto University)
Organised by: Finnish Centre for AI
Zoom link not yet available.

Using optimization to remove barriers for machine learning applications in power systems
Speaker: Spyros Chatzivasileiadis (DTU Center for Electric Power and Energy DTU)
Organised by: Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization
Attend the seminar here.

26 January 2021

An optimal transport perspective on uncertainty propagation
Speaker: Amir Sagiv (Columbia University)
Organised by: University of Minnesota
Register here.

27 January 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Xavier Bresson (Nanyang Technological University)
Organised by: University of Lisbon
Join via Zoom here.

28 January 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Subhonmesh Bose (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Organised by: C3.ai DTI
Register here.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Travis Addair
Organised by: Stanford MLSys
Watch the live stream on YouTube here.

29 January 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Guido Montufar (Max Planck Institute)
Organised by: University College London
Zoom link is here.

1 February 2021

Connecting variational autoencoders back to the brain
Speaker: Joe Marino (California Institute of Technology)
Organised by: University of California, Irvine
Live stream link to be announced.

Mathematical optimization in classification and regression trees
Speaker: Cristina Molero del Río (Universidad de Sevilla)
Organised by: Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization
Attend the seminar here.

Fair and interpretable decision rules for binary classification
Speaker: Connor Lawless (Cornell University)
Organised by: Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization
Attend the seminar here.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Nan Jiang
Organised by: London School of Economics and Political Science
Register here.

What’s in a translation model? Analyzing neural seq2seq models and the representations they learn
Speaker: Jörg Tiedemann (University of Helsinki)
Organised by: Finnish Centre for AI
Zoom link not yet available.

2 February 2021

Regression of functions on low-dimensional manifolds by neural networks
Speaker: Wenjing Liao (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Organised by: University of Minnesota
Register here.

3 February 2021

Calling all citizen scientists: using Bayesian statistics to advance public input into scientific analysis
Speaker: Kerrie Mengersen (Queensland University of Technology)
Organised by: Chalmers University of Technology
Watch the live stream here.

Making ML Models fairer through explanations, feature dropout, and aggregation
Speaker: Miguel Couceiro (Université de Lorraine)
Organised by: University of Lisbon
Join via Zoom here.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Marco Pavone (Stanford)
Organised by: Control Meets Learning
Link not yet available.

4 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Steven Wu (Carnegie Mellon University)
Organised by: Trustworthy ML
Join the mailing list for instructions on how to sign up, or check the website a few days beforehand for the Zoom link.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Narendra Ahuja (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Organised by: C3.ai DTI
Register here.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Josh Tobin
Organised by: Stanford MLSys
Watch the live stream on YouTube here.

5 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Mihaela van der Schaar (University of Cambridge)
Organised by: University College London
Zoom link is here.

8 February 2021

Global governance of AI: more important than ever
Speaker: Kay Firth-Butterfield (World Economic Forum)
Organised by: EPFL
Zoom link is here.

Optimization of optimal sparse decision trees
Speaker: Cynthia Rudin (Duke University)
Organised by: Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization
Attend the seminar here.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Jaakko Peltonen (Tampere University)
Organised by: Finnish Centre for AI
Zoom link not yet available.

9 February 2021

Certified learning, or learning for verification?
Speaker: Alessandro Abate (University of Oxford)
Organised by: University of Manchester
Register here.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Kenth Monsen (Telenor)
Organised by: University of Minnesota

10 February 2021

Causal inference and overparameterized autoencoders in the light of drug repurposing for SARS-CoV-2
Speaker: Caroline Uhler (MIT and Institute for Data, Systems and Society)
Organised by: University of Lisbon
Join via Zoom here.

The innovation economy and the future of biotech and healthcare
Speaker: Carlos Bustamante (Stanford University)
Organised by: Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine
Register here.

11 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Teresa Head-Gordon (UC Berkeley)
Organised by: C3.ai DTI
Register here.

15 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Simo Särkkä (Aalto University)
Organised by: Finnish Centre for AI
Zoom link not yet available.

17 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Thomas Strohmer (University of California, Davis)
Organised by: University of Lisbon
Join via Zoom here.

18 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Celia Cintas (IBM Research Africa)
Organised by: Trustworthy ML
Join the mailing list for instructions on how to sign up, or check the website a few days beforehand for the Zoom link.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Aleksander Madry (MIT)
Organised by: C3.ai DTI
Register here.

19 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Raquel Fernández (University of Amsterdam)
Organised by: Cornell University
Zoom link not yet available.

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Chelsea Finn (Stanford University)
Organised by: University College London
Zoom link is here.

22 February 2021

Clustering and interpreting via means of mathematical optimization
Speaker: Kseniia Kurishchenko (Copenhagen Business School)
Organised by: Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization
Attend the seminar here.

Adaptive hyper-box matching for interpretable individualized treatment effect estimation
Speaker: Marco Morucci (Duke University)
Organised by: Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization
Attend the seminar here.

Machine learning of drug combination responses
Speaker: Juho Rousu (Aalto University)
Organised by: Finnish Centre for AI
Zoom link not yet available.

23 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Facundo Mémoli (The Ohio State University)
Organised by: University of Minnesota

24 February 2021

Finding the doctor in biomedical informatics
Speaker: Isaac Kohane (Harvard University)
Organised by: Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine
Register here.

25 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Richard Baraniuk (Rice University)
Organised by: C3.ai DTI
Register here.

26 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Sameer Singh (University of California, Irvine)
Organised by: Cornell University
Zoom link not yet available.

28 February 2021

Title to be confirmed
Speaker: Greg Yang (Microsoft Research)
Organised by: University College London
Zoom link is here.


Past events

This list includes completed seminars that took place between 1 December and 14 January.

1 December 2020

Enhancing Western United States sub-seasonal forecasts: forecast rodeo prize competition series
Speaker: Kenneth Nowak (US Bureau of Reclamation)
Organised by: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Watch the seminar here.

2 December 2020

Topological clustering of multilater networks
Speaker: Yulia Gel (UT Dallas)
Organised by: New York University
Watch the seminar here.

3 December 2020

Intelligibility throughout the machine learning life cycle
Speaker: Jenn Wortman Vaughan (Microsoft Research)
Organised by: Trustworthy ML
Watch the seminar here.

Reconstructing quantum states with generative models
Speaker: Roger Melko (University of Waterloo)
Organised by: University of Oxford
Watch the seminar here.

8 December 2020

Let’s argue – understanding and generating natural language arguments
Speaker: Iryna Gureyvch (TU Darmstadt)
Organised by: University of Manchester
Watch the seminar here.

Why Neural Rendering is getting more amazing every day!
Speaker: Matthias Niessner (Technical University of Munich)
Organised by: Carnegie Mellon University
Watch the seminar here.

11 December 2020

Robotics education to robotics research
Speaker: Carlotta Berry (Rose Hulman Institute of Technology)
Organised by: Robotics Today
Watch the seminar here.

15 December 2020

Estimation of manifolds from point clouds: building models from data
Speaker: Barak Sober (Duke University)
Organised by: University of Minnesota
Watch the seminar here.

Topographic constraints on visual development
Speaker: Michael Arcaro (University of Pennsylvania)
Organised by: Carnegie Mellon University
Watch the seminar here.

A conversation on AI governance and AI risk
Speaker: Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh (University of Cambridge) and Olle Häggström (Chalmers University of Technology)
Organised by: Chalmers University of Technology
Watch the seminar here.

17 December 2020

Practical Backdoor Attacks and Defenses in Machine Learning Systems
Speaker: Pin-Yu Chen (IBM Research)
Organised by: Trustworthy ML
Watch the seminar here.

AI and individual rights
Speakers: To be confirmed
Organised by: Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
Watch the seminar here.

The decision-making side of machine learning: computational, inferential and economic perspectives
Speaker: Michael Jordan (University of California, Berkeley)
Organised by: Chalmers University of Technology
Watch the seminar here.

23 December 2020

Distributed algorithms for optimization in networks
Speakers: Angelia Nedich (Arizona State University)
Organised by: One World Signal Processing
Watch the seminar here.

11 January 2021

Towards reliable deep learning
Speaker: Florian Wenzel (Google Brain Berlin)
Organised by: University of California, Irvine
Watch the seminar here.

Decoding the human genome and understanding disease with machine learning models
Speaker: Olga Troyanskaya (Princeton University)
Organised by: Chalmers University of Technology
Register here.

Rule generation for learning and interpretation
Speaker: Ilker Birbil (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Organised by: Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization
Watch the seminar here.

12 January 2021

Deep learning approaches for modeling multi-scale chaos and geophysical turbulence
Speaker: Ashesh Chattopadhyay (Rice University/LBL)
Organised by: National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)
A recording will be made available on YouTube here.

13 January 2021

The provable effectiveness of policy gradient methods in reinforcement learning and controls
Speaker: Sham Kakade (University of Washington)
Organised by: Control Meets Learning
Watch here.

14 January 2021

A Bayesian hierarchical network for combining heterogeneous data sources in medical diagnoses – with applications to COVID-19
Speaker: Claire Donnat (University of Chicago)
Organised by: C3.ai DTI
Register here.


For a more complete list, including past events back to June 2020, please see our dedicated seminar page.

If you’d like to visit the webpages of the universities and other organisations that are running regular programmes of seminars, then click here to see our list.

If you are aware of any seminars (both standalone and series) that we’ve missed then please just send us an email and we’ll add them to the list.




Lucy Smith , Managing Editor for AIhub.




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