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Data, Environments, and Learners: Theory and Algorithms

Research Group at UCL Statistical Science

Led by Omar Rivasplata

IMSS Fellow


Top-level areas of interest
Algorithmic Learning Theory.   Machine Learning Theory and Practice.   Probability and Statistics.  

What is this research group about?
The group's mission is producing meaningful knowledge about machine learning algorithms.

We are interested in sound theory that helps to understand the performance (optimisation, generalisation) of machine learning algorithms, most notably (but not only) deep learning algorithms which are highly relevant nowadays since neural networks are important components of many modern algorithmic learning systems, aka AI.

We aim to develop learning and certification strategies that make efficient use of the available data and deliver reliable performance guarantees.

How to get involved
Please reach out to the group lead.




Season 1 talks

Season 2 talks
  • Tuesday 20 September 2022 @ 3pm UK time: Michal Moshkovitz (Tel Aviv U), Tools for Explainable Machine Learning.
      Zoom link: click here

  • Friday 21 October 2022 @ 3pm UK time: Cynthia Rudin (Duke), Do Simpler Machine Learning Models Exist and How Can We Find Them?
      Zoom link: click here

  • Monday 21 November 2022 @ 3pm UK time: Nicole Mücke (TU Braunschweig), About the different flavours of one-shot learning.
      Zoom link: click here

  • Tuesday 13 December 2022 @ 3pm UK time: Anastasia Borovykh (Imperial), The privacy risks of neural networks and how to ensure the models preserve privacy.
      Zoom link: TBA

  • Tuesday 17 January 2023 @ 3pm UK time: Merve Gürel (ETH Zurich), TBA
      Zoom link: TBA

  • Tuesday 14 February 2023 @ 3pm UK time: Tomer Galanti (MIT), TBA
      Zoom link: TBA

  • Tuesday 14 March 2023 @ 3pm UK time: Krikamol Muandet (CISPA), TBA
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  • Tuesday 11 April 2023 @ 3pm UK time: Martha White (U Alberta), TBA
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Machine Learning Links
What is machine learning?
Understanding Machine Learning
Rich Sutton's incomplete ideas (and RL resources)
Robert Duin's 37 steps (and PR tools and blog)
Advice for Machine Learning students

Math Links
What's new (Terry Tao's blog)
Maths Research Seminars (beta).
The complex number operations neatly visualised.
Advice for Math students

Probability Links (probably accessible)
Almost Sure
Research in Probability
The Gaussian Processes Website
Advice for Probability students

Stats Links (most significant)
Random stuff
Frequentism and Bayesianism
Advice for Stats students

Writing aids
How to Write Mathematics, tips from the Mathematics Student Handbook at Trent University.
A Guide to Writing Mathematics by Kevin Lee.
Writing Mathematics by Berry & Lawson.
The Underground Grammarian by Richard Mitchell.