Sindy Löwe wins KNVI Thesis Prize for Informatica and Informatiekunde
Learning without examples
In her winning thesis, Sindy Löwe describes an original and innovative concept within Artificial Intelligence, which she conceived and developed in collaboration with her supervisors Bas Veeling and Peter O’Connor. Unlike the common algorithms in AI, its “Greedy InfoMax” does not need examples to learn from. It provides a better explanation for and insight into the way in which cerebral neuronal networks learn.
Her thesis was chosen to be presented on the main stage of the NeurIPS conference, the most prestigious peer-reviewed conference in machine learning. There she also received one of the six ‘outstanding new directions paper awards’.
UvA thesis prize 2020
In October, Sindy also won the UvA thesis prize 2020 for her graduation work.
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and Data Science Center (DSC) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are joining forces in a new joint fellowship for (teams of) researchers interested in exploring the intersection of data science and other disciplines. The first fellow of the new program, Dr. Davide Ceolin, will start his fellowship at the IAS on June 17. Ceolin is currently affiliated with CWI.
Nanda Piersma, lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), has been appointed as a crown member of the Social and Economic Counsil (SER). This is the first time that a lecturer has been appointed as member of the SER. Nanda Piersma was approached because of her expertise in the field of digitisation.
The ADS Thesis Awards aim to promote excellence in Data Science and AI from students at BSc and Master level. The Awards are open to students from all Amsterdam-based knowledge institutes.