AI/NLP Research Partnership with Allen Institute for AI (AI2)

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Professor Sameer Singh and his group have developed a thriving partnership working with researcher Dr. Matt Gardner and colleagues from the Allen Institute for AI (AI2), producing a series of high-profile papers in the past several months on topics such as language modeling and automated question answering systems. AI2 is providing funding to support graduate student researchers who work closely with AI2 researchers co-located in the Computer Science Department in Donald Bren Hall.

Research funding from Qualcomm AI/ML Research Labs

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Qualcomm Inc. has provided gift funding of $255,000 to Computer Science Professors Charless FowlkesStephan Mandt and Padhraic Smyth. This funding will support Ph.D. students involved in basic research projects across the three groups on topics related to the development of new theories and algorithms in the areas of computer vision and machine learning.

The funded projects will involve collaborations with Qualcomm’s rapidly expanding research and development work in artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on Qualcomm AI/ML research labs in San Diego and Amsterdam.

Faculty Positions at UC Irvine

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Faculty Positions at UC Irvine

Application deadline: Jan 15th, 2019 (Applications received by January 1, 2019 will receive fullest consideration.)

Apply online at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04950

The Department of Computer Science in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) invites applications for multiple tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate/full professor positions beginning July 1, 2019. The Department is interested in individuals with research interests in all aspects of algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and theory of computing. One opening is targeted at individuals whose computer science expertise aligns with the growing UCI Data Science Initiative.

Two new NSF awards in Machine Learning for Sameer Singh

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Congratulations to Professor Sameer Singh for receiving two multi-year research awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Under the first grant, Sameer and his research team will develop new algorithms to better explain why classifiers make certain decisions, increasing user trust in such models. The second grant focuses on the development of new approached for extracting multimodal information from documents, such as text, images, numbers, and databases, with the goal of automatically creating new knowledge bases from relatively unstructured written documents.

Workshop for the Philosophy of Machine Learning

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UC Irvine held a very successful workshop on the “Philosophy of Machine Learning” on March 17th & 18th, in the Donald Bren Hall Conference Center (DBH 6011). More information may be found at: https://philmachinelearning.wordpress.com/program/.

Organizers: Andrew Holbrook (Statistics) and Kino Zhao (Logic and Philosophy of Science)

Sponsors: UCI School of Social Sciences; UCI Dept of Logic & Philosophy of Science; UCI Data Science Initiative; and Dr. Babak Shahbaba (via NSF).

PhD Students win Best Poster Awards

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Congratulations to CML graduate students for recent poster awards at the 2017 Southern California Machine Learning Symposium held at USC.  Zhengli Zhao and Dheeru Dua (with advisor Sameer Singh) won best poster award for their work on generating natural adversarial examples and Eric Nalisnick (with advisor Padhraic Smyth) won honorable mention for his work on boosting variational inference. There were about 50 student posters presented and over 250 machine learning researchers attended the event. Next SoCal ML Symposium is scheduled for Fall 2018, to be hosted by UCLA.

New Faculty Member: Erik Sudderth

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We are delighted to welcome new faculty member Erik Sudderth to the Center. Erik recently joined the Department of Computer Science at UCI as an Associate Professor. He is well-known for his research in machine learning, with interests in topics such as graphical models and Bayesian nonparametric methods. Erik’s research group is also active in the application of these ideas to artificial intelligence, vision, and the natural and social sciences. More information about Erik and his research group is available at Erik’s Webpage.

Singh talk, OC ACM Chapter

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Center member Prof. Sameer Singh will discuss his research on “Explaining Black-Box Machine Learning Predictions,” which addresses the important and challenging problem of enabling people to understand, predict and trust the behavior of machine learning models and algorithms. More information and online registration is available on the Orange County ACM Chapter Meetup Event page.

PhD Research Fellowships

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The Computer Science department at UC Irvine is seeking applicants for PhD research fellowships in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and their related applications, including topics such as deep learning, statistical learning, graphical models, information extraction, computer vision, high-dimensional data analysis, and more.

Please see this flier for more information.