Professor Yee Whye Teh is Professor of Statistical Machine Learning in the Department of Statistics, and a Research Scientist at DeepMind.
Areas of interest
Deep learning, statistical machine learning, computational statistics
What makes Oxford such a good place to work in AI?
Oxford has world-leading research across the whole range subject areas relevant to AI, from the computational, statistical and mathematical foundations of AI, to data-rich scientific and engineering disciplines, where there are huge opportunities for transformative applications of AI technologies. It also has many top researchers working on core advances in machine learning and AI technologies, spread across multiple departments.
What is the biggest opportunity or challenge in AI?
The biggest opportunity and challenge is understanding intelligence itself, which I think is one of the biggest scientific puzzles facing humanity. What is intelligence? What makes humans intelligent? How can we specify, measure and engineer the different types of cognitive abilities that make up intelligence? For all the current successes of AI, we have barely scratched the surface, and barely even understand the low-level processes of intelligence.
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