van der Schaar Lab

Aviva-Cambridge Mathematics of Information Workshop invited talk


Mihaela van der Schaar will deliver an invited talk at the 2021 Aviva-Cambridge Mathematics of Information Workshop.


Conceiving a new human-machine partnership


Quantitative epistemology is a new and transformational area of research pioneered by our lab in Cambridge as a strand of machine learning aimed at understanding, supporting, and improving human decision-making. We are developing machine learning models that capture how humans acquire new information, how they pay attention to such information, how their beliefs may be represented, how their internal models may bestructured, how these different levels of knowledge are leveraged in the form of actions, and how such knowledge is learned and updated overtime. Because our approach is driven by observational data in studying knowledge as well as using machine learning methods for supporting and improving knowledge acquisition and its impact on decision-making, we call this “quantitative epistemology.”

Our methods are aimed at studying human decision-making, identifying potential suboptimalities in beliefs and decision processes (such as cognitive biases, selective attention, imperfect retention of past experience, etc.), and understanding risk attitudes and their implications for learning and decision-making. This would allow us to construct decision support systems that provide humans with information pertinent to their intended actions, their possible alternatives and counterfactual outcomes, as well asother evidence to empower better decision-making.

Location and local date/time

This event will take place online on September 22 at 14:00 BST.

The event is finished.


Sep 22 2021


Note: time is shown in BST
14:00 - 15:30