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How can we design intelligent machines? What are the mathematical and computational foundations of intelligence? How can we enable machines to understand language? What are the societal implications that come with progress in this area? These are questions that shape my research agenda.
We do not know how to directly program machine intelligence. Rather, we usually rely on learning from experience and data. My main interest thus is in machine learning, specifically in problems that involve learning algorithms as well as statistical models and their architectures, such as deep neural networks. My research topics include implicit (generative) models, non-convex optimization, and design patterns for deep architectures. I also have a strong interest in natural language understanding and machine reading of text. This includes topics like word and sentence embeddings, referential semantics, topic models, summarization, and conversational agents. In addition, I pursue a wide spectrum of applications from cosmology to medicine to marketing.
Finally, I care about turning academic research into innovation (see 1plusX and Recommind), but I also reflect on the implications of machine intelligence and automated decision making. Based on my education, I have a high appreciation for philosophical thinking. My teachers were Josef Simon and Jacques Derrida.
|1997||Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Bonn|
|1997-1999||Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT and UC Berkeley|
|1999-2004||Assistant/Associate Professor for Computer Science, Brown University|
|2001-2015||Co-founder, Chief Scientist, Recommind.com (now OpenText)|
|2004-2006||Professor for Computer Science, Technical University of Darmstadt|
|2004-2005||Director, Fraunhofer IPSI|
|2006-2013||Director of Engineering and co-site Lead, Google Zurich|
|2014-today||Professor for Data Analytics, Department of Computer Science, ETH Zürich|
|2014-today||Co-founder and CTO, 1plusX|
|2015-today||Co-director Max Planck-ETH Center for Learning Systems|