Bayesian Artificial Intelligence Expert Daphne Koller

http://events.stanfor...) Daphne Koller won a 2004 MacArthur Fellowship for her creativity in the area of artificial intelligence. Her research on Bayesian methods, a once obscure branch of probability theory, has been called by Technology Review "one of the 10 emerging technologies that will change your world" because of the potential it offers for machines to understand the world and make accurate predictions using incomplete knowledge. This past April she was awarded the first-ever $150,000 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for making computers "intelligent." She also was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House in 1999. She received a PhD from Stanford where she earned the Computer Science Department's award for the best thesis in 1994. This is part of Stanford's Pioneers in Science Series, I think this means that Daphne will try to give a talk for a broad audience, rather than an audience of Bayesians. I am hoping to reserve a room at Stanford. Below is a description of the Pioneers in Science Series. Please join us this Winter as we continue the inaugural year of the Stanford Pioneers in Science series. These events celebrate the lives and contributions of Stanford faculty members who have been awarded Nobel Prizes, National Medals of Science or Technology, and MacArthur Fellowships. Each evening will be introduced by a distinguished colleague of the prizewinner, who will put the scientist's accomplishments in context. Then the prizewinner will be joined by interviewer Paul Costello for a wide-ranging conversation about the honoree's discovery, professional career, values, and advice for aspiring scientists. Plenty of time will be allowed at the conclusion of each event for questions to be posed by members of the audience. This series is your chance to engage with some of the most consequential thinkers of our day—people who have helped to shape the scientific, technological, and economic fabric of our modern world. The Stanford Pioneers in Science Series is sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society, School of Medicine, the Hoover Institution, Office of Public Affairs and Stanford Continuing Studies.

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    A former member

    Interview format was kind of slow.

    February 12, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found it inspiring to hear about Koller's career so far.

    February 12, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I assume the time is in PST, but the group appears to be on EST, so when I added it to gcal it showed up as happening at 16:30 PST.

    February 3, 2009

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