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NIPS Panel

with John Platt, Hanna Wallach, Michael Mozer, and Terry Sejnowski

56 minutes
John Platt, Hanna Wallach, Michael Mozer, Terry Sejnowski


John Platt is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Corporation. Platt helps manage the Machine Learning department which is a set of researchers and developers who push the state of the art in machine learning. His research focuses on helping people become more effective and efficient. Part of this is improving the data/human interface.

Hanna Wallach is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is one of five core faculty members involved in UMass's new Computational Social Science Initiative. As a senior postdoctoral research associate at UMass she developed statistical machine learning techniques for analyzing complex data regarding communication and collaboration within scientific and technological innovation communities. In 2006 she co-founded an annual workshop for women in machine learning.

Michael Mozer is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mozer’s research focuses on developing computational models to help understand the mechanisms of human cognition. Building software that helps individuals to learn and remember better. One current project is the Colorado Optimized Language Tutor, which helps students learn facts (e.g., foreign language vocabulary). Using artificial intelligence and machine learning methods to make computer systems smarter.

Terry Sejnowski is an HHMI investigator, the Francis Crick Professor and Director of the Crick-Jacobs Center for Theoretical and Computational Biology at the Salk Institute. Sejnowski is one of only ten scientists to be elected to a "trifecta" of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institutute of Medicine and the National Institute of Engineering.