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NEWS

Papers by researchers at the Gatsby Unit accepted to NeurIPS 2023 - 23 October 2023

Agostina Palmigiano to start her group at the Gatsby Unit - 19 September 2023

Gatsby PhD student Kira Düsterwald named a winner of the 2023 Äänit Prize - 16 September 2023

Andrew Saxe has been promoted to Professorial Research Fellow - 28 June 2023

Andrew Saxe named as 2023 Blavatnik Awards in the UK Finalists for Life Sciences - 18 Jan 2023

2022

Papers by researchers at the Gatsby Unit accepted to NeurIPS 2022 - 29 September 2022

Andrew Saxe named Schmidt Science Polymath - 30 June 2022

SWC and the Gatsby Unit receive an Athena Swan Bronze Award - 13 January 2022

2021

Peter Orbanz has been promoted to Professor of Machine Learning - 20 July 2021

Andrew Saxe joins the Gatsby Unit and SWC as Joint Group Leader - 7 June 2021

Grace Lindsay authors new book on modelling the mind with mathematics - 4 March 2021

2020

Papers by researchers at the Gatsby Unit accepted into NeurIPS 2020 - 7 October 2020

UCL joins ELLIS Network -14 September 2020 

2019

The Gatsby Unit celebrates its 21st anniversary - 30 August 2019

 


EVENTS

Events are subject to change. We are currently running our external seminars series in a hybrid format; for updates on the series, please contact Barry Fong (b.fong@ucl.ac.uk) to be added to the mailing list.

External seminar series
28th February 2024Mijung Park
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Privacy-preserving data generation in the era of foundation models: Generative transfer learning with differential privacy
31st January 2024Rafal Bogacz
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Inferring neural activity before plasticity as a foundation for learning beyond backpropagation
24th January 2024Samuel Livingstone
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Robust gradient-based sampling algorithms using skew-symmetric numerical schemes
17th January 2024Greg Pavliotis
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Statistical inference for Interacting particle systems and their mean field limit
6th Decmber 2023Arvind Kumar
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
How tuning curve shapes determine the speed-accuracy tradeoff in the brain
22nd November 2023Jozsef Fiser
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Complex perceptual decision making processes in humans
15th November 2023Peter Bartlett
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
In-Context Learning Linear Models with Transformers
8th November 2023João Sacramento
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Gradient descent discovers gradient descent
1st November 2023Robert Geirhos
Virtual Only
18th October 2023Alessandro Sanzeni
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Probing the operating principles of cortical circuits with theory and optogenetics
13th September 2023Aaron Seitz
3rd Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Towards a whole brain model of perceptual learning
6th September 2023Luca Mazzucato
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Neural mechanism of optimal performance
30th August 2023Rafael Polania
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Rational sensing from insects to rodents to humans to machines
6th July 2023Tamara Broderick
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
The Bayesian Infinitesimal Jackknife for Variance
31st May 2023Loreen Hertäg
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
The formation, refinement, and functional implications of prediction-error circuits with diverse inhibitory interneurons
10th May 2023Lior Fox
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Exploration in complex environments: computational modeling and human behavior
3rd May 2023Sebastian Musslick
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Computational Dilemmas in Neural Systems: Principles for the Bounds of Human Cognition
19th April 2023Naresh Shanbhag
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Brain-inspired Computing in Silicon
4th April 2023Alex Lew and Vikash K. Mansinghka
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Scaling Probabilistic Reasoning by Generalizing Automatic Differentiation
3rd April 2023Federica Gerace
Zoom only
DATA-CENTRIC AI: Play with Datasets to Improve Machine Learning Performances
29th March 2023Tengyao Wang
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Sparse change detection in high-dimensional linear regression
23rd March 2023 (3.30pm)Agostina Palmigiano
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Mechanisms underlying behavioral modulations of sensory representations.
23rd March 2023 (10.30am)Mladen Kolar
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Confidence sets for Causal Discovery
17th March 2023Roberta Raileanu
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
From Solving Narrow Tasks to Learning General Skills
16th February 2023Masatoshi Uehara
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Statistically efficient offline reinforcement learning
15th February 2023Danijar Hafner
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Embodied Intelligence Through World Models
14th February 2023Joshua Robinson
Virtual Only
Geometric neural representation learning
13th February 2023Veronika Koren
Virtual Only
Efficient encoding and transmission of sensory signals along the feedforward somatosensory pathway
8th February 2023Katharina Wilmes
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Cortical circuit computations underlying learning
7th February 2023Raaz Dwivedi
Zoom Only
From HeartSteps to HeartBeats: Personalized Decision-making
1st February 2023Francesco Locatello
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Causal Representation Learning
31st Janaury 2023Ema Perkovic
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Identifying and estimating causal effects with incomplete causal information.
18th January 2023Boris Hanin
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Bayesian Interpolation with Deep Linear Networks
16th November 2022

Rui Ponte Costa
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Unlocking efficient credit assignment in the brain

9th November 2022Aldo Pacchiano
Zoom only
Unpacking Reward Shaping: Understanding the Benefits of Reward Engineering on Sample Complexity
2nd November 2022Richard J Samworth
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Optimal nonparametric testing of Missing Completely At Random, and its connections to compatibility
26th October 2022David Firth
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Multiple deprivation meets sport climbing: Exponential scores for ranking and weighted indices
19th October 2022Uri Shalit
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Learning invariant models for out-of-domain generalization: good news and bad news
12th October 2022Sadra Sadeh
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Perturbative analysis of neural dynamics in brain networks
5th October 2022Samory Kpotufe
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Zoom
Tracking Most Significant Changes in Bandits
26th September 2022Mark van Rossum
(Via Zoom)
Energy efficient plasticity
14th September 2022Bhaswar Bhattacharya
(Via Zoom)
Distribution-Free Nonparametric Inference Based on Optimal Transport: Efficiency Lower Bounds and Rank-Kernel Tests
2nd September 2022Eero Simoncelli
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street
Photographic Image Priors in the Era of Machine Learning Eero Simoncelli, NYU & Flatiron Institute
31st August 2022
(Postponed Date TBC)
Wang Miao 
(Via Zoom)
Confounding adjustment for causal inference in observational studies
17th August 2022Weijie Su
(Via Zoom)
When Will You Become the Best Reviewer of Your Own Papers? A Truthful Owner-Assisted Scoring Mechanism
6th July 2022Yashar Ahmadian
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Via Zoom
Excitatory-inhibitory balance, normalization, and adaptation
30th June 2022Emmanuel Candès
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Via Zoom
Sailing through data: Discoveries and mirages
21st June 2022Misha Ahrens
Ground Floor Seminar Room 25 Howland Street and Via Zoom
Brain-wide computation for navigation, learning, and autonomic control
25th May 2022

Srini Turaga
(Via Zoom)
Visual selectivity emerges from connectome and task constraints in the fruit fly visual system

18th May 2022 (3pm)Lei Jing
(Via Zoom)
Bias-adjusted spectral clustering in multi-layer stochastic block models
20th April 2022 (3pm)Juan Álvaro Gallego
(Via Zoom)
Understanding the emergence of neural population dynamics underlying behaviour
6th April 2022 (3pm)Kevin Miller
(Via Zoom)
Structured Reinforcement Learning in the Brain
30th March 2022 (3pm)Alberto Bietti
(Via Zoom)
Statistical benefits of convolutional models: a kernel perspective
1st March 2022 (3.30pm)Anna Sadnicka
(Via Zoom)
Exploring the feature space and mechanistic bounds of phenotype in movement disorders
23rd February 2022 (3pm)Simon Tavaré
(Via Zoom)
Some statistical problems in cancer genome evolution
9th February 2022 (3pm)Ann Hermundstad
(Via Zoom)
Design principles of adaptable neural codes
26th January 2022 (10am)Zoltan Szabo
(Via Zoom)
When Kernel Machines Meet Shape Constraints
12th January 2022Scott Linderman
(Via Zoom)
Reconciling empirical, algorithmic, and theoretically optimal models of mouse behavior in a time-varying two-armed bandit task
8th December 2021

Stefano Ermon
(Via Zoom)
Generative Modeling by Estimating Gradients of the Data Distribution

24th November 2021

Jeff Beck
(Via Zoom)
Probabilistic codes and their predictions for neural activity

3rd November 2021Ralf Haefner
(Via Zoom)

A perceptual confirmation bias as the result of approximate online hierarchical inference

27th October 2021 (5pm)Marcelo Mattar (5pm)
(Via Zoom)
Prioritized experience replay supports planning and non-local learning.
27th October 2021 (10am)Taiji Suzuki (10am)
(Via Zoom)
Optimization and generalization theories of deep learning and its connection to kernel methods
20th October 2021

Alison Etheridge
(Via Zoom)
Infinitesimal progress.

29th September 2021Nathan Kallus
(Via Zoom)
Smooth Contextual Bandits
8th September 2021Sam McDougle
(Via Zoom)
Space and time in movement planning and sensorimotor adaptation
21st July 2021Po-Ling Loh
(Via Zoom)
A modern take on Huber regression
14th July 2021Persi Diaconis
(Via Zoom)
Tales from the Trenches of Foundations
17th June 2021Emmanuel Candès
(Via Zoom)
Reliable predictions? Equitable treatment? Some recent progress in predictive inference
9th June 2021Gabrielle Gutierrez
(Via zoom)
Smart compression in the retina: a theoretical study of recoding inputs in neural circuits
2nd June 2021Morgane Austern
(Via zoom)
Asymptotics of cross-validation
12th May 2021Helen Barron
(Via zoom)
Neuronal computation underlying inferential reasoning in humans and mice
29th April 2021

Puneet Dokania
(Via zoom)
Impact of Parameter Regularization and Overfitting in Neural Network's Robustness.

27th April 2021Christopher Tosh
(Via zoom)
Doing more with less: Machine learning with precious data
21st April 2021Gabriel Koch Ocker
(Via zoom)
Decomposition of higher-order correlations by nonlinear Hebbian learning.
24th March 2021Ilija Bogunovic
(Via zoom)
Robust Learning Algorithms for Sequential Decision Making
15th March 2021Wei Hu
(Via zoom)
Opening the Black Box: Towards Theoretical Understanding of Deep Learning
10th March 2021 (10am)Volkan Cevher
(Via zoom)
Limits of Robbins-Monro-type algorithms: From minimization to minimax optimization
23rd February 2021Tuan-Anh Le
(Via zoom)
Building AI with Neuro-Symbolic Generative Modeling
10th February 2021Erik Bodin
(Via Zoom)
Black-box density function estimation using recursive partitioning
3rd February 2021Cristina Savin
(Via zoom)
Task-specific routing of information in neural circuits viastructured noise
20th January 2021Robert Rosenbaum
(Via zoom)
Universal Properties of Strongly Coupled Neuronal Networks
13th January 2021Wuchen Li
(Via Zoom)

Innovations in Mean-Field Game Theory for Scalable Computation and Diverse Applications

25th November 2020Le Song and Xinshi chen
(Via Zoom)
Understanding Deep Architectures with Reasoning Layer
11th November 2020

Josh McDermott
(Via Zoom)
Successes and Failures of Neural Network Models of the Auditory System

4th November 2020

Alessandro Rudi
(Via Zoom)
Non-parametric Models for Non-negative Functions

14th October 2020 (3pm)

John Murray
(Via Zoom)
Modeling large-scale dynamics of human cortex

16th March 2020 (12.00 - 1pm)Robert Guangyu Yang
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG (12-1pm)
Understanding brains by building artificial networks
12th March 2020Emtiyaz Khan
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
TBC
9th March 2020 (12.00 - 1pm)Eric Nalisnick
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG (12-1pm)
Building and Critiquing Models for Probabilistic Deep Learning
5th March 2020 (2pm)Ahmed El Alaoui
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG (2pm)
Reconstruction problems on amenable graphs
4th March 2020Arnak Dalalyan
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
All-In-One Robust Estimator of the Gaussian Mean (arXiv:2002.01432)
24th February 2020 (12 - 1pm)Yixin Wang
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG (12-1pm)
The Blessings of Multiple Causes
21st February 2020 (12 - 1pm)Yingzhen Li
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG (12-1pm)
Deep probabilistic modelling for reliable machine learning systems
26th February 2020 **Cancelled**Mihaela van der Schaar
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
**Cancelled**
22nd January 2020Michael Bronstein
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
Deep learning on graphs and manifolds: going beyond Euclidean data
15th January 2020 (Talk 2) **4pm**

Wei Ji Ma (Talk 2)
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG **4pm**
Human planning in large state spaces

15th January 2020 (Talk 1) **1pm**Wei Ji Ma (Talk 1)
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG **1pm**
Growing up in Science: Wei Ji Ma's unofficial story
8th January 2020Chand Chandrasekaran
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
Single Trial Neural Circuit Dynamics Underlying Perceptual Decision-Making
18th December 2019Irina Gaynanova
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
Simultaneous Non-Gaussian Component Analysis (SING) for Data Integration in Neuroimaging
11th December 2019David Freedman
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
Neural Circuits of Cognition in Artificial and Biological Neural Networks
27th November 2019Matthew Chalk
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
Inferring the function performed by a recurrent neural network
20th November 2019Benjamin Guedj
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
A walkthrough of advanced PAC-Bayes results
13th November 2019Omri Barak
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
Structure in the randomness of trained recurrent neural networks
23rd October 2019

Rajen Shah
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
Low-priced lunch in conditional independence testing

2nd October 2019Christian Walder
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
New Tricks for Estimating Gradients of Expectations
24th September 2019 (Tuesday)Gergely Neu
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
A unified view of entropy-regularized Markov decision processes
19th September 2019 (Thursday)Emtiyaz Khan
Ground Floor Seminar Room, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG 4pm
Learning-Algorithms from Bayesian Principle
Upcoming events
Past events

2023

  • Analytical Connectionism 2023 - summer course and workshop (28 Aug-8 Sep).
  • Gatsby Bridging Programme - a 7-week maths summer school (19 Jun-5 Aug).
  • Gatsby25 - a 2-day event to celebrate Gatsby Unit's 25th anniversary (16-17 June).

2019-20