van der Schaar Lab

WeCREATE: Inspiration Session 2

28 September, 2022, saw WeCREATE Inspiration Session 2 of the van der Schaar lab.

During this session we highlighted four inspiring women, by showcasing creative and impactful projects they are working on. There was a fantastic panel discussion and great questions from the audience afterwards.

Purpose of WeCREATE:

  • Inspire female students and young professionals to embrace creative careers in Engineering, Comp Sci, Applied Maths and beyond.
  • Dispelling widely held myths and established views about these areas.
  • Highlight a diverse range of amazing female role models making their mark on the world.
  • Created for women, and open to all – no-one should be discouraged from pursuing AI and machine learning.

Our speakers for this session were:

Host: Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar.

Whether you’re a high school student wondering about your next big step into higher education, an undergraduate considering further study or career options outside academia, or a postgrad or professional looking for inspiration, we hope you’ll join us for future sessions! Sign up here.

NOTE: This information was up-to-date at the time of the presentation.

Evgeny Saveliev

Evgeny is one of the lab’s research engineers, and has been a part-time Ph.D. student since 2021. His educational background is Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, followed by postgraduate study in Computer Science at University of Southampton.

Evgeny was an AI Resident at Microsoft Research Cambridge before joining the lab, where he worked on projects covering meta-learning and reinforcement learning as applied to recommender systems. He also has experience in computational finance, having worked in a fintech start-up and commodities trading.

Evgeny facilitates turning the lab’s research code into robust production quality code, making it more scalable, applying software engineering best practices; he also collaborates with our PhD students on some research topics.

He is particularly interested in working on AutoML, ML for time-series, synthetic data, and federated learning.

Mihaela van der Schaar

Mihaela van der Schaar is the John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Medicine at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute in London.

Mihaela has received numerous awards, including the Oon Prize on Preventative Medicine from the University of Cambridge (2018), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2004), 3 IBM Faculty Awards, the IBM Exploratory Stream Analytics Innovation Award, the Philips Make a Difference Award and several best paper awards, including the IEEE Darlington Award.

In 2019, she was identified by National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts as the most-cited female AI researcher in the UK. She was also elected as a 2019 “Star in Computer Networking and Communications” by N²Women. Her research expertise span signal and image processing, communication networks, network science, multimedia, game theory, distributed systems, machine learning and AI.

Mihaela’s research focus is on machine learning, AI and operations research for healthcare and medicine.