My current research interests include: loss functions in statistical and online learning, and connections between learning theory and market mechanisms.
My research vision can be distilled down to wanting to build theoretical and practical foundations for wide-spread, machine-assisted inference. I am doing so through the following funded projects:
October 5, 2015 – Tim van Erven, Nishant Mehta, Peter Grünwald, Bob Williamson and I have a paper on Fast Rates in Statistical and Online Learning in the JMLR special issue dedicated to the memory of Alexey Chervonenkis.
September 5, 2015 – My paper, Convergence Analysis of Prediction Markets via Randomized Subspace Descent, with Rafael Frongillo was accepted to NIPS!
August 6, 2015 – I am chairing the research track of the 2nd International Conference on Predictive APIs and Applications which is being held in Sydney, Australia this year.Older News →
I am developing and lecturing a new first year course, The Craft of Computing (COMP1040) with Stephen Gould in semester 2, 2015. I am also convening a course on Information Theory (COMP2610) which will be delivered by Aditya Menon and Xinhua Zhang in semester 2, 2015.
I previously taught COMP2610 with Edwin Bonilla in 2011 and 2012, and with Aditya in 2013 and 2014. I also co-lectured Advanced Topics in Statistical Machine Learning (COMP8650) in semester 2, 2012. Some course material is available here:
I also supervise two honours students: Andrew Wrigley (RSCS) and Zac Cranko (co-supervising with Simon Grant at RSE).
I am very pleased to announce that Mindika Premachandra submitted her PhD in September 2014 which has been reviewed and accepted with minor corrections.
I am currently the Production Editor for the JMLR Workshop & Conference Proceedings. I am also an Action Editor for the JMLR's Machine Learning and Open Source Software track and the Research Chair for the 2015 conference on Predictive APIs.
I was local organiser for ALT 2010 as well as a member of its Program Committee. I have also been on program committees for ICML, NIPS, UAI, ALT, ACML, and various NIPS and ICML workshops. I have reviewed for journals (JMLR, JAIR, PAMI, TCS, Trans. on Info. Theory, Trans. on NNLS, PloS ONE, AMS Mathematical Reviews, Bernoulli, and the IEEE Procs. on Big Data) and conferences (including NIPS, ICML, COLT, UAI, and AAAI).I have also participated in the Mathematicians in Schools program as a partner with Yass High School.