The event was held in the The Crypt on the Green, which is a convenient location for those working in central London. Accessible by a short walk from Farringdon station and starting at 7PM was perfectly matching business working hours. This time the event was not a free one for the first time, however in the 3 GBP charged you got a beverage (a can of Coke or a beer), pizza and professionally equiped lecture room. Very good deal.
This time it was Professor Stephen Roberts who shared his view and recent research results on contemporary ML issues. Having 20+ years of experience, he leads the Machine Learning Research Group in the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford.
The talk given by Professor Roberts was balancing between general understanding and technical details. That means also listeners even without required background in statistics or physics could benefit. For those familiar with Bayesian inference, sampling and ML algorithm also some interesting nuts and bolts were given.
The large part of the talk was devoted to Gaussian processes – as these are in focus of Professor’s latest research (see e.g. paper Gaussian processes for time-series modelling). Also many applications from physics were given: how to locate new planets, detect supernovas. All with clearance for a non-physicist and humor.
Was it worth it? YES!
Shall we go for the next ML meetup? YES!
If you know any events worth a note, please leave in comments.