Nando de Freitas

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Nando de Freitas
Alma materUniversity of the Witwatersrand, Trinity College, Cambridge
Known forMachine Learning
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsUniversity of British Columbia, Oxford University

Nando de Freitas is a researcher in the field of machine learning, and in particular in the subfields of neural networks, Bayesian inference and Bayesian optimization, and deep learning.[1]


De Freitas was born in Zimbabwe. He did his undergraduate studies (1991–94) and MSc (1994–96) at the University of the Witwatersrand, and his PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge (1996-2000).[2] From 2001, he was a professor at the University of British Columbia, before joining the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford from 2013 to 2017. He now works for Google's DeepMind.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

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


  1. ^ about (19 December 2013). "audioBoom / 'Deep learning' enabling computers to understand humans". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Nando de Freitas". University of British Columbia. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  3. ^ Katherine Gorman and Ryan Adams. "Solving Intelligence and Machine Learning Fundamentals". (Podcast). Talking Machines. Event occurs at 11:30.
  4. ^ "Nando de Freitas receives Google Faculty Research Award for his work on deep learning". 27 February 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ "IJCAI 2013 Distinguished Papers | IJCAI 2013". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Charles McDowell Award | Computer Science at UBC". February 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Faculty Research Award Recipients | Office of the Vice President Research & International". 1 July 2013. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "NYU Computer Science Department". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Nando De Freitas : CIFAR". Retrieved 5 January 2017.

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