Wei Pan is hosting the following research seminar.

Speaker: Prof Jun Wang, University of College London – Computer Science

Date/Time: 14 Dec 18, 14:00 - 15:00

Venue: 3mE-Collegezaal D (James Watt), Faculty of 3me.


On the Possibility and Engineering of Machine Consciousness


In human history, mankind is, for the first time, ready and possible to build up an algorithmic driven society where many AI (Artificial Intelligence) entities “live”, learn, and interact with each other and most crucially with human beings. In this talk, I shall reflect on the recent progress of narrow AI and machine learning research, and discuss my personal view on the road map towards general AI. While reviewing our recent research on multiagent learning, I will also give a quick reference to the recent scientific studies of human consciousness and point out the pros and cons of the current machine learning methods for intelligent decision making. At the end of the talk, the potential links between the two scientific disciplines are suggested, and some of our early research attempts are presented.


Jun Wang is Professor of Information Systems and Data Science, Computer Science, University College London, and Founding Director of MSc Web Science and Big Data Analytics. He is also Co-founder and Chief Scientist in MediaGamma Ltd, a UCL start-up company focusing on AI for intelligent audience decision making.

Prof. Jun Wang’s main research interests are in the areas of AI and intelligent systems, including (multiagent) reinforcement learning, deep generative models, and their diverse applications on information retrieval, recommender systems and personalization, data mining, smart cities, bot planning, computational advertising etc. His team won the first global real-time bidding algorithm contest with 80+ participants worldwide. Jun has published over 150 research papers and is a winner of multiple “Best Paper” awards. He was a recipient of the Beyond Search – Semantic Computing and Internet Economics award by Microsoft Research and also received Yahoo! FREP Faculty award. He has served as an Area Chair in ACM CIKM and ACM SIGIR. His recent service includes co-chair of Artificial Intelligence, Semantics, and Dialog in ACM SIGIR 2018. MediaGamma has received the UCLB One-to-Watch award 2016.

Prof. Wang obtained his PhD degree in Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; MSc degree in National University of Singapore, Singapore; and Bachelor degree in Southeast University, Nanjing, China.




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