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AIC Seminar Series

Towards AGI

Miguel Lazaro GredillaVicarious[Home Page]

Notice:  Hosted by Richard Waldinger

Date:  Thursday, October 17th 2019 at 4:00pm

Location:  EK255 (SRI E building)  (Directions)


Being able to recognize an object, learning to play a computer game or understanding a new concept from demonstrations are all tasks that current AI technology can already address, at least in simple cases. However, most of the time the amount of data required to accomplish these tasks far exceeds what an untrained human would need. Furthermore, trained humans can immediately generalize to a number of variations of the original task, or answer queries about the data that they were not trained for.

This is due to our brain being equipped with an adequate set of representations and inductive biases. In this talk, I will cover how we try to replicate these human-like abilities in multiple domains at Vicarious: vision, planning, concept acquisition, etc. The overarching theme is translating observations from neuroscience and biology into probabilistic graphical models. I will show how this brings the performance and capabilities of our models closer to those of humans.

   Bio for Miguel Lazaro Gredilla

Miguel is the director of research at Vicarious, a startup developing artificial general intelligence for robots. He is interested in translating insights from system neuroscience into practical and scalable machine learning approaches that enable robots to be trained much faster, better understand their environment and adapt to novel scenarios. His work on brain-inspired perception and reasoning has been published in both machine learning and neuroscience venues, including both Science and Science robotics. He previously earned his PhD in machine learning at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. For the last ten years, he has been an author and regular reviewer for NIPS, ICML, and JMLR.

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