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Max Welling Computer sciences – Artificial Intelligence (expert systems - machine learning - robotics)

Prof. Dr. Max Welling is a research chair in Machine Learning at the University of Amsterdam and has a secondary appointments as a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He is co-founder of Scyfer BV, a university spin-off in deep learning. In the past he held postdoctoral positions at Caltech (’98-’00), UCL (’00-’01) and the U. Toronto (’01-’03). He received his PhD in 1998 under supervision of Nobel laureate Prof. G. ‘t Hooft. Max Welling has served as associate editor in chief of IEEE TPAMI from 2011-2015 (impact factor 4.8). He has served on the board of the NIPS foundation since 2015, and was program chair and general chair of NIPS in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He was also program chair of AISTATS in 2009 and ECCV in 2016. He has served on the editorial boards of JMLR and JML and was an associate editor for Neurocomputing, JCGS and TPAMI. He received multiple grants from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, NSF, NIH, NWO and ONR-MURI along which an NSF career grant in 2005. He is recipient of the ECCV Koenderink Prize in 2010. Welling is in the board of the Data Science Research Center in Amsterdam, he directs the Amsterdam Machine Learning Lab (AMLAB), and he co-directs the Qualcomm-UvA deep learning lab (QUVA), the Bosch-UvA Deep Learning lab (DELTA) and the AML4Health Lab.


Associate Editor in Chief, IEEE TPAMI

General Chair, NIPS, 2014.

Best Paper Award, ICML, 2012.

ECCV Koenderink Prize, 2010.

National Science Foundation Career Grant, 2005.

Relevant Publications

D. Kingma et al, "Variational Dropout and the Local Reparameter- ization Trick," NIPS, 2015.

A. Korattikara et al, "Bayesian Dark Knowledge," NIPS, 2015.

D. Kingma et al, "Semi-supervised Learning with Deep Generative Models," NIPS, pp. 3581-3589, 2014.

T. Cohen and M. Welling, "Harmonic Exponential Families on Manifolds," ICML, 2015.

D. Kingma and M. Welling, "Auto-Encoding Variational Bayes," ICLR, 2014.



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University of AmsterdamFaculty of Science



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