Carnegie Mellon University

2021 Dickson Prize in Science Recipient

hinton_700x700_min.pngCongratulations to the recipient of the 2021 Dickson Prize in Science, Dr. Geoffrey HintonDr. Hinton is a former CMU faculty member and a co-winner of the 2018 ACM Turing Award, an honor that is often described as the “Nobel Prize for Computer Science.” Over the past four decades, his pioneering research in neural networks has helped us understand how machines can learn from experience. His work contributed to technology that has enabled many recent successes in artificial intelligence, including speech recognition, language translation and computer vision, among others.

Dickson Prize in Science Award Ceremony and Lecture

As part of the University Lecture Series, Dr. Hinton received his award and presented the annual Dickson Prize in Science lecture on March 2, 2022.

Turing Award recipient, cognitive psychologist and computer scientist Geoffrey Hinton, Ph.D. will present "Fast Weights." Unlike the real brain, nearly all artificial neural networks have only two time scales: Neural activities change rapidly and the weights of connections between neurons change slowly. Many interesting computational properties  can be implemented by adding an overlay of weights that adapt rapidly and decay rapidly. Dr. Hinton will discuss some of these properties, including accessing old memories, implementing true recursion, and the Poincaré effect.

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