Archive for the ‘university’ Category

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Perspectives on Career Pathways

November 9, 2019
Wray and Adel Toosi at ECR Workshop

Wray with Adel Toosi at the ECR workshop, receiving some fabulous Aboriginal artwork.

I gave a talk to the Early Career Researchers in our faculty.  They had held a workhop on career pathways.  I showed them the crazy ride I’ve had (a so-called career path) and talked about things like “Know Your Strengths”, “Long Term Planning”, “Preparing for Industry” and “Preparing for More Research”.  My slides available on request!  Adel put them up on the Monash share drive.

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Kicking off DARPA LwLL project

August 14, 2019

Reza Haffari put together a team and we won a bid in the DARPA Learning with Less Labels (LwLL) programme.  The picture below shows us all on 14th August discussing plans prior to flying off to Arlington, Virginia, to take part in the starting workshop.  Our team comprises the 5 smiling academics below as well as Prof. Anton ven den Hengel of University of Adelaide.  Reza, Dinh and I made the long haul to Arlington for 26-27th August 2019, where we met some really smart folks in the other teams!

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The Monash DARPA LwLL team: Reza, Xiaojun, Dinh, Geoff and Wray

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Southeast Asia Machine Learning School

July 9, 2019

Very fortunate to be asked to give a lecture on “Foundations of Supervised Learning” at SEA-MLS in Jakarta on 8th July.  The school was co-organised by Google, so opening talk by Google and a member of the Indonesian government.  A big crowd too!  Everyones slides are up on the schedule page.

Never been to Jakarta so an exciting opportunity meet some colleagues, some students, in a lovely environment. Monash has a school at Malaysia so a few Malaysia Monash folks turned up too.  Here we are after my lecture.

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Monash Malaysia and Melbourne students at SEA-MLS.

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Visiting Helsinki

December 21, 2018

Visited my old workplace, University of Helsinki, where I visited various faculty like Prof. Petri Myllymaki, Teemu Roos, Arto Klami and others. Across the bay is Aalto University with folks like Prof. Sami Kaski.   The machine learning groups in broader Helsinki are very strong, with loads of researchers, quality students, and a very vigorous start-up and high-tech culture.

Gave a talk at Machine Learning Coffee Seminar on 17/12 (which serves porridge as well as coffee), and attended the AI Day on 12/12. The AI Day is organised by the recently convened Finnish Centre for Artifical Intelligence, and the speakers were senior researchers from Finland describing their broader vision and direction, so really interesting stuff and very educational. Lots of creativity in there, for instance combining simulation, machine learning, HCI and cognitive psychology.

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Trying out DataCamp this semester

February 21, 2018

Our Master of Data Science students explore a lot of things and discuss.  I got a lot of requests to include the excellent material from DataCamp:

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DataCamp – who support data science education for free

So we’ll see how it goes.  Not sure how well I’ll get to integrate it, because this semester I’m working more on our introductory statistics class.

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Introduction to Data Science Tutorial

December 27, 2015

Next two days, 28th and 29th December I’ll be giving a tutorial at KAIST hosted by Alice Oh.   We just flew in last night from visiting Chengdu and Xi’an in China.  This is based on the Introduction to Data Science unitt, FIT5145, at Monash.

 

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Github activity

November 24, 2015

So most of this year I spent doing the Introduction to Data Science (introductory unit at Monash) and getting the Grad. Dip. of Data Science and the Master of Data Science up and running (some background here).

As a result, you can see the disastrous impact it has had on my Github activity, which is a measure of my coding productivity!

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Wray’s activity on Github for 2015