van der Schaar Lab

BNA Symposium on AI – invited talk

Event details

Mihaela van der Schaar will deliver an invited talk as part of 2021 Festive Symposium on AI hosted by the British Neuroscience Association (BNA).


Quantitative Epistemology: How Machine Learning can help humans become better decision-makers


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 be structured, how these different levels of knowledge are leveraged in the form of actions, and how such knowledge is learned and updated over time. 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 as other evidence to empower better decision-making.

Location and local date/time

This event will take place online on December 13 at 11:20 GMT.

About the event

The 2021 online Festive symposium ‘Ding Dong Merrily on AI’ on the 13th of December will mark the launch of The BNA’s annual theme for 2022 – Artificial Intelligence: What can AI tell us about biological intelligence, and how can AI be used to interrogate neuroscience data and learn more about the nervous system?

The event is finished.


Dec 13 2021


Note: time is shown in GMT
10:00 - 17:30