Inference Group Reunion

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Reunion of David MacKay's Inference Group

Darwin College, 13 March 2016

09:30-11:00 Casual 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)
  • Sanjoy Mahajan (21st-century instructional design: Task-centered instruction)
  • Mark Gibbs (How to waste your PhD in an investment bank)
  • Keith Vertanen (Eyes Free Text Entry)
  • Matt Davey(Trading in Nanoseconds)

12:30-14:30 Lunch break

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

  • Philipp Hennig (Probabilistic Numerics)
  • Steve Gull (Bayes, MaxEnt and Thermodynamics)
  • David Stern (Machine Learning in Go and the Stock Market)
  • Hanna Wallach (Poisson Tensor Factorization for International Relations)

15:30-16:00 tea break

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

  • Ryan Adams (Performing Inference with Biomolecules)
  • Alan Lawrence (A Simple Inference at Google Scale)
  • Alex Selby (Solving the Eternity Puzzle)
  • Seb Wills (Building a distributed calculation engine)
  • Edward Ratzer (Machine learning competitions)


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

  • Graeme Mitchison (piano) and Helen Arnold (soprano)
  • Darwin College Music Society (vocal group)
  • Christian Steinruecken (piano and voice)
  • Jossy Sayir (saxophone) and Elizabeth Blackwell (guitar)

19:00 for 19:30 Dinner, preceded by drinks.