Prof. Nando de Freitas

Prof. Freitas is a machine learning professor at the University of Oxford, a lead research scientist at Google DeepMind, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR) in the successful Neural Computation and Adaptive Perception program, and a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.

He received his PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge University in 2000 on Bayesian methods for neural networks. From 1999 to 2001, Freitas was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley in the artificial intelligence group of Stuart Russell and a professor at the University of British Columbia from 2001 to 2014. He has been affiliated with numerous companies, the most recent of which being Dark Blue Labs, a company acquired by Google.

Among his recent awards are a Google Faculty Research Award, a Distinguished Paper Award at the 2013 International Joint Conference on Artificial intelligence, the 2012 Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research, and the 2010 Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) Young Researcher Award.

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