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PiWORKS seminar - Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar (University of Cambridge)

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The Piscopia Initiative is hosting a monthly seminar series featuring women and non-binary researchers in mathematics and its applications.

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Our PiWORKS speaker for January is Professor Mihaela van der Schaar, who is Professor of Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Medicine at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute, and a Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA.

Title: Machine learning in healthcare: from interpretability to a new human-machine partnership

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The transformative potential of machine learning could revolutionise areas such as healthcare. However, this opportunity comes with its own unique challenges. Prominent among these is the challenge of interpretability: taking the workings of complex “black box” machine learning models and making them readily understandable to a multitude of users.

The value of interpretability as a broad concept is clear. Yet there is no single “type” of interpretability, since there are many potential ways to extract and present information from the output of a model, and many types of information to choose to extract.

This high-level talk proposes a unique and coherent framework for categorizing and developing interpretable machine learning models based on the needs of their users. We will demonstrate this framework using a range of examples from our lab’s extensive research into interpretability, and our ongoing interdisciplinary discussions with members of the clinical and other non-ML communities.

We will also touch on some very exciting possibilities to apply interpretability and machine learning in order to understand and empower how humans make decisions.

This talk has been created for a broad audience, including those with little or no prior understanding of machine learning.

Sign up now to receive the Zoom details! The target audience for the talks are 3rd/4th year undergraduate and MSc students, but PhD students or academic staff are very welcome to attend.

The aim of our monthly PiWORKS (Piscopia Initiative – Women and Other Researchers Keynote Series) seminar is threefold; we want to

1. Showcase the work of women and non-binary mathematics researchers.

2. Provide a taste of different areas of mathematics research to undergraduate and MSc students.

3. Build an UK-wide community of women and non-binary researchers and mathematics students.

The Piscopia Initiative (piscopia.co.uk) is a student-led outreach scheme that aims to encourage women and non-binary students to pursue a PhD. Join our mailing list to stay updated on all our events: https://bit.ly/3lAAReV

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The Piscopia Initiative is an outreach scheme to encourage women and non-binary participation in postgraduate research programmes in the mathematical sciences. Through awareness schemes, information events and application support and mentoring, we aim to empower capable women and non-binary people in the early stages of their mathematical careers to believe in academia as a viable option and bring their aspirations to fruition. For more information see https://piscopia.co.uk/ or find us on twitter @_Piscopia

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