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Jeff Dean (Google)

Building Machine Learning Systems that Understand


Over the past five years, deep learning and large-scale neural networks have made significant advances in speech recognition, computer vision, language understanding and translation, robotics, and many other fields. Deep learning allows the use of very raw forms of data in order to build higher-level understanding of data automatically, and can also be used to learn to accomplish complex tasks. In the next decade, it is likely that a fruitful direction for research in data management will be in how to seamlessly integrate these kinds of machine learning models into systems that store and manage data. In this talk, I will highlight some of the advances that have been made in deep learning and suggest some interesting directions for future research.


Jeff Dean joined Google in 1999 and is currently a Google Senior Fellow in Google's Research Group, where he leads Google's deep learning research team in Mountain View, working on systems for speech recognition, computer vision, language understanding, and various predictive tasks. He has co-designed/implemented five generations of Google's crawling, indexing, and query serving systems, and co-designed/implemented major pieces of Google's initial advertising and AdSense for Content systems. He is also a co-designer and co-implementor of Google's distributed computing and storage infrastructure, including the MapReduce, BigTable, Spanner and TensorFlow systems, protocol buffers, LevelDB, and a variety of internal and external libraries and developer tools. He is currently working on large-scale distributed systems for machine learning. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1996, working with Craig Chambers on compiler techniques for object-oriented languages. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the AAAS, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the Mark Weiser Award and the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences.

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