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Huge news from our colleagues at DeepMind. Go was long considered a key problem for AI, because it's a game for which the 'try all combinations and see which does best' is simply not possible, and human Go players rely heavily on abstract pattern recognition to guide their decisions. This is further evidence that human-level pattern recognition is no longer a 'science' problem per-se (but still a mighty engineering problem). It's time for us to focus more on exploring higher levels of cognition.
Deep-learning software defeats human professional for first time.
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In each video a real Pixar animator lays out the technical problem, and then students get to experiment with interactive elements to better understand the problem.
A collaboration between Pixar and Khan Academy hopes to show students what math looks like at work in successful animated films.
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Shikhar Sharma is releasing the code for performing action recognition in videos using visual attention. Check it out:

http://shikharsharma.com/projects/action-recognition-attention/

work with Shikhar Sharma and Ryan Kiros
http://arxiv.org/abs/1511.04119
Soft attention based model for the task of action recognition in videos
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Machine learning has had a huge impact on computer science, making it possible explore new frontiers of research and to develop amazingly useful products that millions of people use every day. Our machine learning system, TensorFlow, is used for everything from speech recognition in the Google app, to Smart Reply in Inbox, to search in Google Photos. 

And now you can use it too.

Today, we’re proud to announce the open source release of TensorFlow - our second-generation machine learning system that is a general, flexible, portable, easy-to-use, and completely open source software library for numerical computation using data flow graphs. Head over to the Google Research blog to learn more.
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Information theory describes fundamental limits on how much we can compress data and our ability to communicate. Surprisingly, it's deeply connected to machine learning -- often, information theory is essential to describing what it means for ML systems to do well. In fact, information theory turns up in all sorts of improbable situations: quantum mechanics, genetics, thermodynamics, and even gambling.

Information theory gives us powerful ideas. It gives us ways of measuring and expressing uncertainty, how different two sets of beliefs are, and how much an answer to one question tells us about others. Unfortunately, these ideas are often seem kind of intimidating.

Google intern +Christopher Olah has written a completely visual introduction to information theory in his personal blog, in which he lays out these ideas in an accessible way. Head to the link below to learn more.
I love the feeling of having a new way to think about the world. I especially love when there's some vague idea that gets formalized into a concrete concept. Information theory is a prime example of this. Information theory gives us precise language for describing a lot of things.
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My Deep Learning Course with Udacity is live!

Four lectures and corresponding TensorFlow notebooks to learn about deep nets, convnets, embeddings, RNNs, and all the tricks to make them work!

Very excited to finally share, this was a lot of fun to put together.
Our brand new Deep Learning Course, a collaboration between Google and Udacity, will have you learning and mastering these techniques!
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game theory ftw
White elephant gift exchanges, also known as Yankee swaps or, somewhat creepily, “dirty Santa” games, are a fun alternative to the old office staple “secret Santa.” Like secret Santa, everyone brin…
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Click-o-Tron:  the first website in the world where articles are written by a neural network

See it in action: clickotron.com and Lars Eidnes' writeup on how it works: larseidnes.com/2015/10/13/auto-generating-clickbait-with-recurrent-neural-networks/ (found via boingboing.net/2015/11/17/click-o-tron-the-first-websi.html)
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Tutorial for Visual Question Answering using LSTM and CNN. Code in Python and Keras. 
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Nicholas Leonard from Element Research writes about implementing Recurrent Visual Attention models, reinforcement learning (using REINFORCE) and implementing the cool paper from Deepmind at NIPS 2014. Code included.

http://torch.ch/blog/2015/09/21/rmva.html
Torch is a scientific computing framework for LuaJIT.
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Thanks a lot for +Yangqing Jia for his work open-sourcing one of the original, trained Inception vision models from our last year's ILSVRC classification track winning ensemble. Special thanks go to +Vincent Vanhoucke and +Jeff Dean for their support of the release.

Check out Yangqing's python notebook using Coffe at:
https://github.com/google/inception/blob/master/inception.ipynb
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Computer Science, Machine Learning, Programming, Research, Game Theory, Matlab, Python, Java
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  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Assistant Professor, 2016 - present
    -Machine learning / Reinforcement Learning research-Coordinate research projects-Funding applications-Supervise Master & PhD students
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel -Department Computer Science
    Doctor Assistant, 2010 - present
    Teaching courses & exercises Bachelor Computer Science & Master Computer Science - AI specialization
  • Computational Modeling Lab (VUB)
    Post-Doctoral researcher, 2010 - 2010
    Researcher on project: Learning Control for Production Machines (lecopro.org)
  • Computational Modeling Lab (VUB)
    researcher, 2004 - 2010
    Phd Student & researcher on project Multi-type Ant Colony Optimization
  • MICC-IKAT
    visiting researcher, 2007 - 2007
    Visiting researcher MICC lab Maastricht University
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  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Master Computer Science, 2000 - 2004
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    PhD. Computer Science, 2004 - 2010
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