Tuesday, May 14, 2019
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|Assoc. Prof Peter Gibbons|
Friday, March 29, 2019
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) awarded Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun the Turing Award that many consider the "Nobel Prize of computing," for the innovations they've made in AI. The $1 million prize, funded by Google, is named after the British mathematician Alan Turing, who laid the theoretical foundations for computer science. The three men who won developed Deep Learning with conceptual and engineering foundations for AI by using neural networks for computing. Working independently and together, Hinton, LeCun and Bengio developed conceptual foundations for the field, identified surprising phenomena through experiments, and contributed engineering advances that demonstrated the practical advantages of deep neural networks. Read more here.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Bob Doran has died. He had been fighting cancer for many years and has finally succumbed. He was a founder of my Computer Science department in 1982 and in recent years was the curator of our excellent computer history museum, a passion that I shared with him. Though, I have to say I wasn't as interested in the history of the New Zealand Tote as he was. He was a regular contributor to this blog on all aspects of computing history and I will miss him dearly.
The Head of the Computer Science Department, Robert Amor, commented: "New Zealand has lost a true pioneer of Computer Science. His passion for the history of computing, especially in New Zealand, leaves us with an extraordinary museum collection and investigations of the many important milestones in the nation’s computing history. He also leaves an enormous legacy with the thousands of students he has taught since the 1970’s."
My sincere condolences to his wife, Joyce, and his family.