Machine learning guru to talk at RIT March 31

Robert Schapire

A leading figure in artificial intelligence will talk about machine learning at Rochester Institute of Technology as part of the RIT Data Science Research Group Seminar Series.

Robert Schapire will present “The Contextual Bandits Problem: A Fast, Simple and Optimal Algorithm,” from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 31, in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Building, room 1125. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Schapire is senior research scientist at Microsoft Research. His research led to the machine learning algorithms known as “boosting.” He and colleague Yoav Freund wrote about their influential research in the book, Boosting: Foundations and Algorithms, published in 2012 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Schapire has won many awards, including the prestigious Gödel prize for his foundational work in statistical machine learning and artificial intelligence. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.


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