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IDSAI Seminar and Christmas Reception: Professor Steve Roberts

Open to University of Exeter staff and students

An Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence seminar
Date19 December 2019
Time14:30 to 17:30
PlaceXFI Henderson Lecture Theatre & by VC to DM Seminar Room G

Please join us for this IDSAI Seminar and Christmas Reception to hear from Professor Steve Roberts, Director of the Oxford-Man Institute and Professor of Information Engineering, plus poetry from special guest Judy Brown.

14.30-15.30 - Seminar from Professor Steve Roberts, Director of the Oxford-Man Institute, Professor of Information Engineering, University of Oxford.  Steve heads the Pattern Analysis and Machine Learning Research Group in the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford and his main area of research lies in machine learning approaches to data analysis.  

15.30-17.30 - Join us in the the Xfi Social Space for a reception with mulled wine, canapes and mince pies.  The reception will include a poetry reading at 16.00 from Judy Brown. Judy is a poet who this summer was a Creative Fellow in the University's Arts & Culture fellowship programme in which artists collaborate with research academics.  Judy spent the summer working with Professor Peter Challenor and his team who specialise in uncertainty quantification.  Judy will share a couple of the poems that came from this collaboration.


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