Faculty Colloquium: Jenny Orr

Please join us Friday, April 27th, at 4:15 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our twelfth and last Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Jenny Orr, Professor of Computer Science Jenny Orr Photograph

Title: “Explorations in Machine Learning”

Abstract: Machine learning (ML) drives much of today’s smart technology, from Siri to smart cars. The recent resurgence and success of ML are primarily due to three factors: the explosion of data, dramatic increases in processing speeds, and the emergence of powerful, new learning algorithms, particularly deep convolutional neural networks (DCNN) for image analysis.

I will present a brief overview of ML and DCNN and illustrate how they are used in several image-based applications including handwritten digit recognition and atmospheric cloud coverage. Cloud coverage estimation is important because it is one of the largest sources of uncertainty in today’s climate models. Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators