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Machine Learning: What is it and why is it so important?
WhenFriday, June 16, 2017, 12 – 1 p.m.

How does Netflix choose what movies to recommend? How do Siri or Alexa understand what you ask them? How are cars able to drive themselves? And how does Facebook recognize people’s faces each time you upload a picture? The answer is machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence that gives computers the ability to learn new things without being programmed, and arguably the most important technology in the world today.

Pedro Domingos, a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington and one of the world’s leading experts in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data, will explain what machine learning is and what it does. He will talk about how its numerous current applications are affecting our lives today and how its future ones, like curing cancer and possibly solving every problem humanity has, will revolutionize the world. 

A cofounder of the International Machine Learning Society, Dr. Domingos is the author of The Master Algorithm, a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award (the highest honor in data science), and a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a Sloan Fellowship, the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, and numerous best paper awards.

Campus locationStudent Union Building (HUB)
Campus roomRoom 250
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Special Events…
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