Leader of the group Machine Learning: Peter Grunwald.

Our research group focuses on how computer programs can learn from and understand data, and then make useful predictions based on it. These algorithms integrate insights from various fields, including statistics, artificial intelligence and neuroscience.  

 Machine-learning applications are increasingly part of every aspect of life, from speech recognition on cell phones to illness prediction in healthcare. One common problem is extremely polluted data, for which no single model can provide adequate explanations. At CWI we address this issue with statistical machine learning based on combining predictions from different models and experts in order to achieve reliable conclusions.

We also study how networks of neurons in the brain process information, and how modern deep-learning methods can benefit from neuroscience. We develop novel neural networks, like Deep Adaptive Spiking Neural Networks, and also theoretical models of neural learning and information processing in biology. Applications of our work range from low-energy consumption neural machine learning to neuroprosthetics, to increased insight into the question of how the brain works.



CWI builds new supercomputer

CWI has started the construction of a new supercomputer cluster in the beginning of October 2003. The cluster, consisting of 48 dual and quad AMD Opteron systems, is the first quad Opteron cluster in the Benelux. The new supercomputer, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO, is expected to be operational in two months.

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Sander Bohte receives NWO grants

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO has granted a VENI subsidy to CWI researcher Sander Bohte. Bohte will use the grant, approved in March 2003, to further his research on spiking neural networks. These types of networks incorporate the latest insights in functional biological neurons. In theory they are much more powerful than traditional artificial neural networks. Bothe's work is aimed at using spiking neurons in large-scale networks that can learn to deal with symbolic structures like grammar in language or compact descriptions of objects in vision.

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Current events

ML Seminar: Victor Veitch

  • 2018-06-22T11:00:00+02:00
  • 2018-06-22T12:00:00+02:00
June 22 Friday

Start: 2018-06-22 11:00:00+02:00 End: 2018-06-22 12:00:00+02:00

Room L017 at CWI, Science Park 123 in Amsterdam

With pleasure we announce the next CWI Machine Learning seminar with Victor Veitch (Columbia University) Title of his lecture: Compressibility and Generalization in Large-Scale Deep Learning. Please see the webiste for more information

ML Seminar: Tristan Cossio (Netflix)

  • 2018-07-19T11:00:00+02:00
  • 2018-07-19T12:00:00+02:00
July 19 Thursday

Start: 2018-07-19 11:00:00+02:00 End: 2018-07-19 12:00:00+02:00

CWI, Lecture room L016

With pleasure we announce this seminar: Data Science at Netflix

Data science at Netflix is much more than just personalized recommendations (e.g. the 2006-2009 Netflix Prize) - it is also a
critical aspect of streaming, quality control, and content development and buying decisions.  This talk surveys the breadth of data science work at Netflix, with a specific focus on how the Content Science & Algorithms team (based in Hollywood CA) uses machine learning for valuation and programming of Licensed & Original content.


Associated Members



Current projects with external funding

  • Machine Learning at the Intrinsic Task Pace
  • Deep Spiking Vision: Better, Faster, Cheaper (DEVIS)
  • Safe Bayesian Inference: A Theory of Misspecification based on Statistical Learning (SAFEBAYES)