Vivienne Ming

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Vivienne Ming
Vivienne Ming on SiliconAngle theCube.jpg
Ming interviewed on SiliconAngle theCube in 2018
Alma materUniversity of California at San Diego
Known forArtificial intelligence
Awards100 Women

Vivienne L’Ecuyer Ming is an American theoretical neuroscientist and artificial intelligence expert. She was named as one of the BBC 100 Women in 2017, and as one of the Financial Times' "LGBT leaders and allies today".

Education and early career[edit]

Ming has spoken extensively on her academic struggle early in life, which eventually led her to leave university. After struggling with depression, suicide, and homelessness,[1][2][3] she returned ten years later and received her B.S. with honors in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego in 2000.[4] She returned in 2016 to deliver the convocation at her alma mater.[4] Ming earned her master's (2003) and Ph.D. (2006) in Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, in parallel with the computational neuroscience program at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.[5] She held a joint postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, where she later joined as a research scientist and visiting scholar.


Ming has been involved with various organisations that challenge poor education and health policy.[6] She co-founded the think tank Socos, which consults on artificial intelligence, neuroscience and education reform.[7][8] She demonstrated that the metrics used in hiring have little influence in workplace success.[7] She worked with Accenture on how they could train staff to be more creative.[7]

Ming published research on AI in education[9] and created ”Muse”, a machine learning-based a tool for parents. It recommends research-based activities to support young people's creativity, motivation, and emotional intelligence.[10][11] She has led research showing that psychological constructs such as metacognition, socio-emotional competence, creativity, and curiosity significantly affect long-term life-outcomes such as health, productivity, education attainment, and life satisfaction.[12][13]

Public engagement and recognition[edit]

In May 2017 Ming delivered a TED Talk about how to make a better person.[14] She has spoken about machine learning at Singularity University in Brazil.[15] She spoke about artificial intelligence and neural networks at the Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Society in 2018.[6][16] She has appeared on the PC Magazine podcast Fast Forward.[17] She has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and NPR.[18][19]

Ming was included in the BBC's "Top 100 Women 2017"[20] and the Financial Times's “The OUTstanding lists: LGBT leaders and allies today",[21] along with other awards and acknowledgments.[22][23][24]


  1. ^ Vara, Vauhini (May 8, 2017). "We Will Literally Predict Their Life Outcomes". Wired. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Costa, Dan (January 30, 2017). "Fast Forward: Scientist, AI Expert, Entrepreneur Vivienne Ming". PC Magazine. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Jenny, Anderson (March 7, 2016). "A scientist calculated the cost of not being a straight man, and she wants a tax cut". Quartz.
  4. ^ a b University of California at San Diego Convocation speech (September 29, 2016). "Mistakes are Stepping Stones on Path to Greatness".
  5. ^ "Carnegie Mellon University Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)".
  6. ^ a b Sample, Ian (2018-12-07). "Technologist Vivienne Ming: 'AI is a human right'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  7. ^ a b c "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2018-12-11. Cite uses generic title (help)
  8. ^ "Socos Labs - Vivienne". Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  9. ^ Dr Vivienne Ming (January 1, 2012). "Modeling Student Conceptual Knowledge From Unstructured Data Using A Hierarchical Generative Model". University of Colorado.
  10. ^ Jenny Anderson (March 14, 2018). "Can an AI-powered bot help parents raise better humans?". Quartz.
  11. ^ Dr Vivienne Ming (June 22, 2016). "Secrets Of Successful Kids: Grit, Purpose, And Artificial Intelligence". Aspen Ideas.
  12. ^ Anya Kamenetz (June 8, 2016). "Apps That Aim To Give Parents 'Superpowers'". NPR ED.
  13. ^ "Using deep learning to forge a deeper relationship with your children". CBC Canada Radio. July 9, 2018.
  14. ^ TEDx Talks, Making a better person | Vivienne Ming | TEDxBerkeley, retrieved 2018-12-11
  15. ^ Singularity University, Vivienne Ming | Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence | SingularityU Brazil Summit, retrieved 2018-12-11
  16. ^ O’Connell, Claire (2017-07-03). "Dr Vivienne Ming: Mashing up tech for humans". Silicon Republic. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  17. ^ "Fast Forward: Scientist, AI Expert, Entrepreneur Vivienne Ming". PCMag UK. 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  18. ^ "Apps That Aim To Give Parents 'Superpowers'". Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  19. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, You and AI". BBC. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  20. ^ "BBC Top 100 Women 2017". May 10, 2017.
  21. ^ "The OUTstanding lists: LGBT leaders and allies today". Financial Times. October 25, 2017.
  22. ^ Dr. Vivienne Ming. "Influential Women 2016". San Francisco, Business Times.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Women BBC (11/5/17)". The BBC. November 5, 2017.
  24. ^ Marion Neubronner (February 16, 2018). "Women on Top in Tech – Dr. Vivienne Ming". Asian Entrepreneur.