The van der Schaar Lab’s seventeenth Inspiration Exchange session took place on April 14, 2022, and was attended by students and professionals from the AI and machine learning community. This was our first Inspiration Exchange session following a newly introduced format.
This was an especially interactive session, featuring a roundtable discussion with industry guests, lively Q&A and discussions. The session topic was “Causal Deep Learning.”
To start the session, Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar shared a vision for combining causality and deep learning methods, which was further developed by Ph.D. student Zhaozhi Qian in an extended tutorial, where he presented the “Rung 1.5” framework for causality. Current and former lab members, Ioana Bica and Dr. Alexis Bellot, then presented two ways of adopting causality principles in generalisable imitation learning and causally aware imputation.
We then held our first roundtable discussion, where our industry guests Silvia Chiappa (DeepMind), Kim Branson (GSK), and Lindsay Edwards (Relation Therapeutics) shared their perspectives on practical challenges that can be addressed through causal deep learning.
The session was then opened up to the audience for Q&A and general discussion.
See our newly published research pillar here for more on this topic: https://www.vanderschaar-lab.com/causal-deep-learning/
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The lab’s publications are here: https://www.vanderschaar-lab.com/publications/