Three promising researchers from the Informatics Institute (UvA) and the CWI received a Veni Grant
Eric Nalisnick (Informatics Institute): Continual Learning under Human Guidance.
Artificial intelligence (AI) systems need to adapt to new scenarios. Yet, we must ensure that the new behaviours and skills that they acquire are safe. Nalisnick will develop AI techniques that allow autonomous systems to adapt but to do so cautiously, under the guidance of a human.
Vlad Niculae (Informatics Institute): Intelligent interactive natural language systems you can trust and control.
Artificial intelligence agents are seemingly approaching human performance in natural language tasks like automatic translation and dialogue. However, deployed in the wild, such systems are out of control, learning to produce harmful language even unprompted. Using recent machine learning breakthroughs, Niculae rethinks language generation for trustworthiness and controllability.
Simon Telen (CWI): New frontiers in numerical nonlinear algebra.
In general, solving nonlinear equations is about the fundamental problem of ‘finding the unknown X in complicated mathematical expressions’. It has many applications in other sciences, like robotics, chemistry, computer vision, economics and particle physics. X could, for instance, represent a configuration of a robot, or the equilibrium concentration in a chemical reaction. It may also correspond to the long-term proportions of susceptible, infected and recovered individuals in a pandemic, or to the best choice of item prizes to maximize profit. In this Veni research project, Telen will work on developing anew theory and algorithmic tools for equation solving that will be tested on large problems from applications.
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.
On the 22nd of September LAB42 will host its Grand Opening from 15:00 onwards. LAB42 is an international hub for developing talent in the fields of digital innovation and AI. The building is the result of a partnership between the UvA, the municipality of Amsterdam and the business sector.
The UvA Data Science Centre, part of the University Library, is pleased to host its second yearly Data Science Day on the 13th of October 2022.