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Data Hub Sessions: Are We Moving Towards a Technological Singularity?

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Waterloo, ON N2L

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Ever since mathematician I.J. Good speculated about the conception of a first ultraintelligent machine in 1965, it has been hypothesized that a technological singularity will occur where the invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth. Ever increasing computational power and network connectivity coupled with advances in data analytics and machine learning are fueling beliefs that unbounded self-evolving systems will soon emerge. In this talk, Professor Pascal Poupart will discuss recent advances in machine learning and data science that are enabling increasingly adaptive systems, as well as limitations that still need to be overcome before a technological singularity occurs.

Specifically, Professor Poupart will discuss:

- The dependence of many systems on labeled data for training and how to leverage self-supervised learning techniques to exploit implicit feedback and reduce the need for labeled data. Examples in telecommunication network scheduling and video game control will be given.
- The challenge of rapidly learning personalized models from a small population and how to leverage personalized transfer learning techniques. Examples in activity recognition, sleep stage classification and packet flow directionality prediction will be given.

About the Speaker: Pascal Poupart is a Professor of Machine Learning in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo (Canada). He is the Research Director of the RBC Borealis AI Research Lab in Waterloo and serves as scientific advisor for Huawei Technologies and ProNavigator. He is a member of the Waterloo AI Institute and the Vector Institute. Pascal received his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science at McGill University in 1998, his M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the development of algorithms for machine learning, reinforcement learning, decision-theoretic planning and reasoning under uncertainty with application to natural language processing and telecommunication networks.

Lunch will be provided to those who attend in person. We hope you can join us.

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