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Come and learn about Hidden Markov Model applications in this week student seminars . 
Tiberius Chris  will discuss applications and variations of the Hidden Markov Model (HMM), combining unsupervised learning techniques with performance analysis measures. Their parsimonious nature and efficient training on discrete and continuous data traces have made them popular as storage workloads, Markov Arrival Processes (MAPs), social network behaviour classifiers and financial predictive models (to name but a few). He will explain relevant findings of the AESOP group (aesop.doc.ic.ac.uk/) over the last few years and mention possible future research.

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In this week's seminar Feryal will guide us through the mastery of reverse-engineering human category learning. Come, enjoy and appreciate  the latest findings in this hot research topic. 
Abstract:
Classification of objects is a fundamental and innate ability of our brain, which allows us to use a limited set of words to describe an almost infinite space of different objects, for instance, learning to classify food into nutritious or poisonous has been a key to the survival of organisms. The algorithmic and neuronal implementations of human classification are, however, not well understood. Why is it that a single example from a new class is sufficient to spawn a new category? Why and when do we generate new categories and how do we update them dynamically? How do our minds get so much from so little? We build rich models through which we make strong generalizations, and construct powerful abstractions, while the input data are noisy and often ambiguous. The impressive ease with which humans deal with these problems has been a major focus of the research community with many potential applications. In this talk, I will introduce recent approaches to reverse-engineering human category learning and discuss why gaining an understanding of the mechanisms that humans use to categorise data is essential for learning how the brain functions and how this knowledge can be used to create even more intelligent machines.

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I believe many of you will recognise this after our recent visit to Bletchley Park.

Introducing: "Colossus and the Breaking of Lorenz"

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the breaking of the Lorenz code, +The National Museum of Computing has published the digital exhibition "Colossus and the Breaking of Lorenz" on the +Google Cultural Institute.

Discover the fascinating story of the Colossus, a computer built by the Allies to break the code from Hitler's encrypting machine "Lorenz" and about its impact on #WWII : http://goo.gl/9ozEdW  

Discover history on Google+

#historicmoments  
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Student Seminar Series are back !!! This week we have the truly marvellous speakers and hacker Nick Ng, who will furiously explain about the dangerous traps of his research work on parallel programming.  Here is the abstract of his talk:
Parallel programming is notoriously difficult. Years of research had led to a plethora of models and languages for parallel programming, yet the majority of the scientific computing community is stuck with Message-Passing Interface, a standard designed 20 years ago. MPI is known for its robustness but not for its user-friendless, and communication errors are often hidden in plain sight. Session Types is a formal system that uses types to abstract interaction patterns and making sure message-passing communication do not go wrong, combining session types and MPI seems a sensible way to make parallel programming but is it really that simple?
In this talk, I will introduce session types in the context of parallel programming and what it brings to making parallel programming easier and safer.

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We had a very successful #HourOfCode on Wednesday with over 50 participants from various departments at +Imperial College London taking their first programming steps. Find out more about +Computer Science Education Week at http://csedweek.org

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A talk by Felipe Franciosi:
In this talk I will discuss the impact that a PhD has on my life. More specifically, what drove me into a PhD, how it helped me to get a job
and what difference it is making in my current role. This will include
R&D challenges I face on a day-to-day basis and how they are tackled
using an academic way of thinking. For that, this talk will focus on
methodology rather than technical knowledge and highlight why the PhD
experience may be more important than you might think.

Bio: I have been a Senior Software Performance Engineer working for Citrix
since October 2011, more specifically on XenServer Storage
Virtualisation. Previously, I finished a PhD at Imperial College London
on the same subject. Regarding computing and besides performance
evaluation of virtualised storage, my interests also include computer
networks, distributed systems and high performance computing to name but a few. In my spare time I enjoy playing my bass guitars, practicing
Kyokushin Karate and doing close-up magic. Oh, and playing Poker and Chess.

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This week's Seminar is given by the 1st year PhD Rep James
Booth, who is working in the Intelligent Behaviour Understanding Group.

Abstract:
Powered by ever more sophisticated sensors, the machines of the future
will interact with humans far more naturally than is possible today.
Most of us find face-to-face interaction the most comfortable and for
good reason - the brain does an outstanding job of interpreting the
identity and emotional state of another human - all from just looking at
their face.

With this in mind we seek to develop algorithmic approaches to
understanding the human face. I'll explain how powerful generative
models of the face can be constructed, and what we can learn from them.
I'll then demonstrate the usefulness of such models in identity and
emotion recognition, and highlight how our collaboration with Great
Ormond Street Hospital is helping advance craniofacial surgery
techniques. Finally, I'll talk about where we can take statistical
facial modelling in the future, and discuss some of the challenges that
we most overcome in order to advance.

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ACM-W Europe, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Committee on Women in Computing in Europe are sponsoring a conference specifically for encouraging women to stay in the field. This conference will be held in Manchester, UK, with the motto womENcourage. We encourage all students to submit a poster and to apply for travel grants so that they have the funds to travel to the conference.
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