Machine Learning Coffee Seminars

Machine Learning Coffee Seminars2018-11-21T09:54:14+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 (2018)

December 2018

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Date: December 17, 2018

Abstract: In this talk I will briefly describe (something old) some of our recent work with hierarchical probabilistic models that are not deep neural networks. Nevertheless, these are currently among the state of the art in classification and in topic modelling: k-dependence Bayesian networks and hierarchical topic models, respectively, and both are deep models in a different sense. On deep neural networks (something new), I will describe as a point of comparison some of the state of the art applications I am familiar with: multi-task learning and learning to learn. These build on the RNNs widely used in semi-structured learning. The old and the new are remarkably different. So what are the new capabilities deep neural networks have yielded? Do we even need the old technology? What can we do next? To complete the story, I’ll introduce some efforts to combine the two approaches (something borrowed), borrowing from earlier work in statistics. Time permitting, I’ll also describe something blue.

Speaker: Wray Buntine

Affiliation: Professor of Information Technology, Monash University

Place of Seminar: Seminar Room T6, Konemiehentie 2, Aalto University


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