Haonan Duan has received a prestigious Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence from the Vector Institute. Valued at $17,500, these master’s-level scholarships recognize promising AI talent in Ontario and support recruitment of top students into AI-related master’s programs to prepare them with the skills and competencies essential to building a strong AI ecosystem.
Haonan’s research interests lie in machine learning, particularly in probabilistic graphical models and Bayesian learning. His goal is to create new learning algorithms that can be proved correct in theory as well as have applications that benefit the real world.
Haonan will begin an MMath in computer science this fall under the supervision of Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Pascal Poupart, with whom he has been working for the past year while completing his undergraduate studies. His research addressed proving the consistency of the Bayesian Moment Matching algorithm, an approximate Bayesian learning algorithm that can be used in parameter learning of probabilistic graphical models.
“Congratulations to Haonan for receiving such a prestigious award,” said Professor George Labahn, Director of Graduate Studies at the Cheriton School of Computer Science.
The Vector Institute is an independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence, excelling in machine and deep learning.