Machine Learning Coffee Seminars

Machine Learning Coffee Seminars2019-01-14T11:39:04+00:00

About Us

Machine Learning Coffee seminars are weekly seminars held jointly by the Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. The seminars aim to gather people from different fields of science with interest in machine learning. Seminars will be held weekly on Mondays at 9 am – 10 am. The location alternates between Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. At Aalto University, talks will be held in Konemiehentie 2, seminar room T6 and at the University of Helsinki in Kumpula, seminar room Exactum D122 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2b), unless otherwise noted. Talks will begin at 9:15 am and coffee will be served from 9:00 am.

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Upcoming Talks (2019)

January 2019

Gray Box Models for Controllable and Transparent Interactive AI

Date: January 28, 2019

Abstract: Gray box modelling combines first principles -based white box models with a data-driven approach to strike a balance between representation power and ontrollability. I discuss interactive AI and computational design as application areas for gray box models. So-called light gray models learn psychological parameters from data. Dark gray models, on the other hand, are data-driven models pretrained with white-box models. As a promising approach in intelligent user interfaces, I discuss models of human performance and cognition, which can predict the human consequences of a design decision. These models can 1) represent population and individual characteristics in a psychologically meaningful way and 2) predict the adaptive behavioral response of a person. However, previously their use has been limited because of lack of appropriate likelihood inference methods. I discuss the use of probabilistic machine learning methods for learning model parameters from real world data and taking decisions in the light of confidence levels.

Speaker: Antti Oulasvirta

Affiliation: Professor of Computer Science, Aalto University

Place of Seminar: Lecture Hall Exactum D122, University of Helsinki


Samuel Kaski  Professor of Computer Science, Aalto University
Teemu Roos Professor of Computer Science, University of Helsinki
Homayun Afrabandpey Researcher, Aalto University