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YINS Distinguished Lecturer: Yaron Singer (Harvard)

YINS Distinguished Lecturer: Yaron Singer (Harvard)

Event time: 
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Yale Institute for Network Science See map
17 Hillhouse Avenue, 3rd floor
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

“Algorithms in the Era of Machine Learning: An Inconvenient Truth”

Speaker: Yaron Singer
Assistant Professor of Computer Science,
Harvard University

Abstract: The traditional approach in computer science assumes that there is an underlying objective that is known to the algorithm designer and focuses on efficiently optimizing that objective.  In many applications however, the objectives we aim to optimize are not known but rather learned from data.  So what are the guarantees of the algorithms we develop and teach when the input is learned from data?  In this talk we will address this question and discuss challenges at the intersection of machine learning and algorithms. We will present some stark impossibility results and argue for new algorithmic paradigms.

Bio: Assistant Professor of Computer Science Yaron Singer joined the Harvard SEAS faculty in 2013, after doing postdoctoral research at Google. He was also a Microsoft Research Fellow as well as a Facebook Fellow.

Singer focuses on problems and issues at the intersection of economics and computer science. With David Parkes and Yiling Chen, Singer helped organize the EconCS Seminar at SEAS. His research interests include algorithms, mechanisms, and data-mining techniques that guide the design of systems powered by social interactions and data.