2013 Academic Year Seminars
Exactly fifty years ago the conference "Mechanisation of Thought Processes" brought together the entire research community working on Machine Intelligence. Today its Proceedings provide us with a snapshot of where the field was 50 years ago, enabling us to take a historical perspective on the current state of the area. Many similarities, as well as important differences, emerge from the comparison. The great impact of statistical approaches on the quest for machine intelligence is discussed, as well as some of the risks and limitations connected to them.
Departments of Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK
Nello Cristianini Nello Cristianini is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bristol since March 2006, and a holder of the Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. He has wide research interests in the area of computational pattern analysis and its application to problems ranging from genomics, to computational linguistics and artificial intelligence systems. He has contributed extensively to the field of kernel methods. Before the appointment to Bristol he has held faculty positions at the University of California,Davis, and visiting positions at the University of California,Berkeley, and in many other institutions. Before that he was a research assistant at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has also covered industrial positions. He has a PhD from the University of Bristol, a MSc from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Degree in Physics from University of Trieste. Since 2001 has been Action Editor of the Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR), and since 2005 also Associate Editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR). He is co-author of the books 'An Introduction to Support Vector Machines' and 'Kernel Methods for Pattern Analysis'with John Shawe-Taylor, and "Introduction to Computational Genomics" with Matt Hahn (all published by Cambridge University Press).