Inference Group Reunion

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Reunion of David MacKay's Inference Group 13 March 2016 (Invitation Only)

09:30-11:00 Kids & family brunch (with partners & kids)

11:00-11:15 Welcome from Martin Jones (Vice Master) & Alan Blackwell

11:15-12:30 talks I (less technical), chair Oliver Stegle

  • Jossy Sayir (Teaching with David) [~10min]
  • Sanjoy Mahajan (21st-century instructional design: Task-centered instruction) [~15min]
  • Mark Gibbs (How to waste your PhD in an investment bank) [~15min]
  • Keith Vertanen (Eyes Free Text Entry) [~15min]
  • Matt Davey(Trading in Nanoseconds) [~15min]

12:30-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-15:30 talks II (scientific), chair Brendan Frey

  • Philipp Hennig (Probabilistic Numerics) [~20min]
  • Steve Gull (Bayes, MaxEnt and Thermodynamics) [~ideal: 15min]
  • David Stern (Machine Learning in Go and the Stock Market) [~15min]
  • Hanna Wallach (Poisson Tensor Factorization for International Relations) [~20min]

15:30-16:00 tea break

16:00-17:00 talks III (scientific), chair Iain Murray

  • Ryan Adams (Performing Inference with Biomolecules) [~15min]
  • Alan Lawrence (A Simple Inference at Google Scale) [~20min]
  • Alex Selby (Solving the Eternity Puzzle) [~15mins]
  • Edward Ratzer (Machine learning competitions) [~15min]

17:10-18:00 Music in the dining hall

  • Graeme Mitchison and Helen Arnold
  • Jossy Sayir and Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Christian Steinruecken
  • Darwin College Choir

19:00 Dinner