The University of Tartu invites to the inaugural lecture by Raúl Vicente Zafra, UT Professor of Data Science. The lecture is entitled "On deep learning and the brain" and will be held on 6 September 2017 at 16:15 in the University Assembly Hall.
Fueling technology that includes self-driving cars and speech recognition, deep learning has achieved spectacular results in artificial intelligence that a few years ago were thought to be exclusive of humans. However, the human brain still holds many important lessons for computer systems to achieve general intelligence, robustness, and even energy efficiency. In this lecture we will discuss how comparing the successful strategies used by brains and deep learning can improve both artificial systems and our understanding of how brains work. We will also consider which ingredients from human brains we are still missing in the long-sought recipe for a robust and general artificial intelligence.
Raúl Vicente Zafra is professor of Data Science at the Institute of Computer Science at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Tartu. His research is focused on neuroscience, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. In particular, he investigates how the brain represents and processes information by analyzing electrophysiological data using machine learning, spectral, information-theoretical and geometrical analysis. He received the B.Sc. Extraordinary Award in Physics of the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain) in 2001, PhD Extraordinary Award in Physics of the University of the Balearic Islands in 2006, and the 2007 QEOD Prize of the European Physical Society for the best PhD Thesis in Applied Optics. He was a visitor scholar at the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA (USA) in 2003 and 2004, and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt (Germany) from 2006 to 2013. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals with more than 2500 citations (Google scholar) and co-edited the book “Directed information measures in Neuroscience”. He is also an external reviewer for European Commission projects (ERC) and several national research agencies.