ELLIS Distinguished Lectures bring outstanding AI researchers to greater Helsinki

Students can earn credits by attending the seminar series.
People sitting in a large lecture theatre
People in a lecture hall at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. Photo by Dom Fou on Unsplash

The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI and ELLIS Unit Helsinki have launched a series of talks to showcase cutting-edge artificial intelligence research and give students a chance to meet and learn from some of the top scientists in the field. The ELLIS Distinguished Lectures have so far featured Matthew E. Taylor, Borja Balle and Bernhard Schölkopf, who have presented on human and agent cooperative learning, differential privacy, and causal AI, respectively.

ELLIS Unit Helsinki is expanding its activities and faculty, explains FCAI director Samuel Kaski. “A part of this is to bring more top-notch scientists to visit Aalto University and the University of Helsinki and give our students a chance to interact with them,” says Kaski. Students at Aalto can earn credits (internal link) by enrolling in the associated course led by Kaski and postdoctoral fellow Sammie Katt. Besides attending the lectures, students will write up summaries, deep dives into selected focused material or ideas for interdisciplinary connections. Students interested in machine learning, data science or artificial intelligence are all welcome, says Katt, adding that the exposure to high-profile speakers and challenging topics can lead to new avenues or future academic directions.

The ELLIS Distinguished Lectures continue on November 1, 2023, with speaker Serge Belongie, professor of computer science at the University of Copenhagen and head of the Pioneer Centre for Artificial Intelligence. The talk will also be streamed—see the event listing for details.

Future ELLIS Distinguished Lectures will be posted to the FCAI calendar:

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Searching for Structure in Unfalsifiable Claims (external link)

Speaker: Serge Belongie
University of Copenhagen


Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (external link)

The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI is a research hub initiated by Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, and the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT. The goal of FCAI is to develop new types of artificial intelligence that can work with humans in complex environments, and help modernize Finnish industry. FCAI is one of the national flagships of the Academy of Finland.

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