Zoubin Ghahramani

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Zoubin Ghahramani
Professor Zoubin Ghahramani FRS.jpg
Zoubin Ghahramani in 2015, portrait from the Royal Society
Born (1970-02-08) 8 February 1970 (age 49)[1][2]
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
Alma mater
Known for
AwardsFRS (2015)[3]
Scientific career
ThesisComputation and Psychophysics of Sensorimotor Integration (1995)
Doctoral advisor

Zoubin Ghahramani FRS[3] (Persian: ژوبین قهرمانی‎; born 8 February 1970)[1] is a British-Iranian researcher[4][7] and Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He holds joint appointments at University College London and the Alan Turing Institute.[citation needed] and has been a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge since 2009. [1] He was Associate Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science from 2003-2012[8]. He is also the Chief Scientist of Uber and Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.


Ghahramani was educated at the American School of Madrid in Spain and the University of Pennsylvania where he was awarded a double major degree in Cognitive Science and Computer Science in 1990.[1] He obtained his PhD from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, supervised by Michael I. Jordan and Tomaso Poggio.[6][9]

Research and career[edit]

Following his PhD, Ghahramani moved to the University of Toronto in 1995 as an ITRC[definition needed] Postdoctoral Fellow in the Artificial Intelligence Lab, working with Geoffrey Hinton. From 1998 to 2005, he was a member of the faculty at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London.

Ghahramani has made significant contributions in the areas of Bayesian machine learning (particularly variational methods for approximate Bayesian inference), as well as graphical models and computational neuroscience. His current research focuses on nonparametric Bayesian modelling and statistical machine learning. He has also worked on artificial intelligence, information retrieval, bioinformatics and statistics which provide the mathematical foundations for handling uncertainty, making decisions, and designing learning systems. He has published over 200 papers, receiving over 30,000 citations (an h-index of 74).[10][11]

He co-founded Geometric Intelligence company in 2014, with Gary Marcus, Doug Bemis, and Ken Stanley. After Uber's acquisition of the startup he transferred to Uber's A.I. Labs in 2016. Just after four months he became Chief Scientist, replacing Gary Marcus.

Awards and honours[edit]

Ghahramani was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015.[3] His certificate of election reads:

Zoubin Ghahramani is a world leader in the field of machine learning, significantly advancing the state-of-the-art in algorithms that can learn from data. He is known in particular for fundamental contributions to probabilistic modeling and Bayesian nonparametric approaches to machine learning systems, and to the development of approximate variational inference algorithms for scalable learning. He is one of the pioneers of semi-supervised learning methods, active learning algorithms, and sparse Gaussian processes. His development of novel infinite dimensional nonparametric models, such as the infinite latent feature model, has been highly influential.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "GHAHRAMANI, Prof. Zoubin". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2008 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Zoubin Ghahramani curriculum vitae" (PDF). User zoubin at CMU. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Anon (2015). "Professor Zoubin Ghahramani FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)

  4. ^ a b Zoubin Ghahramani publications indexed by Google Scholar
  5. ^ Zoubin Ghahramani author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
  6. ^ a b Zoubin Ghahramani at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. ^ Ghahramani, Z. (2015). "Probabilistic machine learning and artificial intelligence". Nature. 521 (7553): 452–9. doi:10.1038/nature14541. PMID 26017444.
  8. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  9. ^ Jordan, M. I.; Ghahramani, Z.; Jaakkola, T. S.; Saul, L. K. (1999). "An Introduction to Variational Methods for Graphical Models". Machine Learning. 37 (2): 183–233. doi:10.1023/A:1007665907178.
  10. ^ Wolpert, D. M.; Ghahramani, Z; Jordan, M. I. (1995). "An internal model for sensorimotor integration". Science. 269 (5232): 1880–2. doi:10.1126/science.7569931. PMID 7569931.
  11. ^ Research in Focus – Building an Automated Statistician with Zoubin Ghahramani on YouTube, Microsoft Research