Nando de Freitas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Nando de Freitas
Born Zimbabwe
Residence England
Fields Computer science
Institutions University of British Columbia, Oxford University
Alma mater University of the Witwatersrand, Trinity College, Cambridge
Doctoral advisor Andrew Gee, Mahesan Niranjan, Christophe Andrieu, and Arnaud Doucet
Known for Machine Learning
Notable awards Distinguished Paper Award at the International Joint Conference on Artificial intelligence (2013), Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research (2012), Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems Young Researcher Award (2010)

Nando de Freitas is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.[1] He is also a Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.[2] De Freitas is noted[3] as an authority in the field of machine learning, and in particular in the subfields of neural networks, Bayesian inference and Bayesian optimization, and deep learning.[4]


De Freitas was born in Zimbabwe. He did his undergraduate studies and MSc at the University of the Witwatersrand, and his PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge. From 2001, he was a Professor at the University of British Columbia, before joining the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford in 2013 and additionally works for Google's DeepMind.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

De Freitas has been recognised for his contributions to machine learning through the following awards:


  1. ^ "Department of Computer Science: Nando de Freitas". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Fellows | Linacre College". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Nando de Freitas - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  4. ^ about 3 years ago (2013-12-19). "audioBoom / 'Deep learning' enabling computers to understand humans". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  5. ^ Katherine Gorman and Ryan Adams. "Solving Intelligence and Machine Learning Fundamentals". (Podcast). Talking Machines. Event occurs at 11:30. 
  6. ^ "Nando de Freitas receives Google Faculty Research Award for his work on deep learning". 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  7. ^ "IJCAI 2013 Distinguished Papers | IJCAI 2013". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  8. ^ "Charles McDowell Award | Computer Science at UBC". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "NYU Computer Science Department". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  11. ^ "Nando De Freitas : CIFAR". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 

External links[edit]