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Thursday, October 1 • 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Keynote: Every Five Decades: A New Field of Engineering - Michael I. Jordan, Distinguished Professor, University of California at Berkeley

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Machine learning can be viewed as heralding the emergence of a new field of engineering, in a manner similar to the emergence of chemical engineering from the chemistry, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics, or to the emergence of electrical engineering from electromagnetism. In both cases, new mathematical and conceptual tools were needed to support the ambitions of the new engineering field, allowing real-world systems to be built at scale.

In the case of machine learning, the subject matter is the blending of data, inference, and computing that we see in emerging systems and business models that we find in areas such as commerce, transportation, entertainment, and health care. The underlying scientific foundations are provided by the computational and inferential disciplines. But new mathematical and conceptual tools are needed to allow this field to emerge, and to provide support for building large-scale systems that are understandable, robust, transparent, safe, and useful. Most notably, while earlier engineering fields focused on physical materials, the new field focuses on data, decisions, and human context.

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Michael I. Jordan

Distinguished Professor, University of California, Berkeley.
Michael I. Jordan is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley.His research interests bridge the computational, statistical, cognitive and biological... Read More →

Thursday October 1, 2020 4:15pm - 4:30pm PDT