The Decision-Making Side of Machine Learning: Computational, Inferential, and Economic Perspectives

Much of the recent focus in machine learning has been on the pattern-recognition side of the field.  I will focus instead on the decision-making side, where many fundamental challenges remain.  Some are statistical in nature, including the challenges associated with multiple decision-making, and some are algorithmic, including the challenge of coordinated decision-making on distributed platforms.  Finally, others are economic, involving learning systems that must cope with scarcity and competition.  I will present recent progress on each of these fronts.

Michael I. Jordan

Michael I. Jordan is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests bridge the computational, statistical, cognitive and biological sciences. Prof. Jordan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has been named a Neyman Lecturer and a Medallion Lecturer by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and he has given a Plenary Lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He received the IEEE John von Neumann Medal in 2020, the IJCAI Research Excellence Award in 2016, the David E. Rumelhart Prize in 2015, and the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award in 2009.