Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm
Location: DC 1302
University of Waterloo
Cheriton School of Computer Science
"Understanding machine learning - a theory perspective"
We are all aware that we live in the era of data. In contrast to classical scientists that devoted much of their resources to collecting data, nowadays researchers are flooded with data and the focus has switched to trying to make sense of and utilize the big and complex available data. Machine learning is aimed to use computer power to do just that. It is, therefore, no wonder that machine learning is currently a hot topic. Evidence is all over the map, from NYTimes articles to being a top priority for research investments by Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook. Throughout its (short) history, machine learning has enjoyed fruitful interactions between theory and practice. The growing awareness to its power brings new candidate applications to the field, which in turn spur the development of tools and inspire new frontiers for our theoretical pursuit.
In this talk I will explain the basic principles behind machine learning and how these principles relate to some of headline-making practical tools. I will also describe some of the major research challenges and research directions that address the fast expanding scope of potential machine learning applications.