Science, Engineering and Food Science

7th Annual Public Boole Lecture in Informatics

Dr. Peter Norvig, Google Director of Research, will deliver the 7th Annual Boole Lecture entitled 'The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data: How Billions of Trivial Data Points can Lead to Understanding'

Title: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data Subtitle: How Billions of Trivial Data Points can Lead to Understanding Abstract: In decades past, models of human language were wrought from the sweat and pencils of linguists. In the modern day, it is more common to think of language modeling as an exercise in probabilistic inference from data: we observe how words and combinations of words are used, and from that build computer models of what the phrases mean. This approach is hopeless with a small amount of data, but somewhere in the range of millions or billions of examples, we pass a threshold, and the hopeless suddenly becomes effective, and computer models sometimes meet or exceed human performance. This talk gives examples of the data available in large repositories of text, images, and videos, and shows some tasks that can be accomplished with the resulting models. Peter Norvig is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery. At Google Inc he was Director of Search Quality, responsible for the core web search algorithms from 2002-2005, and has been Director of Research from 2005 on. Previously he was the head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a research faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley Computer Science Department, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006. He has over fifty publications in Computer Science, concentrating on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Software Engineering, including the books Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the leading textbook in the field), Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence. The Annual Boole Lecture Series in Informatics was established and is sponsored at University College Cork by the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics, the Cork Constraint Computation Centre, the Department of Computer Science, and The School of Mathematical Sciences.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Science Engineering and Food Science
Time: 8pm
Location: Boole 4 Lecture Theatre, UCC
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Eleanor O Riordan
+353 21 4205954

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