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October 15, 2018: Tom Mitchell – Conversational Machine Learning

Date: October 15, 2018
Time: 11am
Place: Senate Chambers, Ross N940
Focus Session: LAS 3033, 12:30 – 2:30

Graduate students and postdocs who wish to attend the focus session should send the IC@L Admin, Ms Cimoan Atkins (, an email with their name, supervisor, and any dietary concerns – (lunch will be provided).

Title: Conversational Machine Learning

Tom Mitchell, E. Fredkin University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

If we wish to predict the future of machine learning, all we need to do is identify ways in which people learn but computers don’t, yet. Humans often learn from natural language instruction. Now that computers are finally able to have conversations (i.e., we routinely have simple conversations with our phones), it is time for research on how computers might also learn from conversations with human instructors. This talk will describe our recent research on conversational machine learning, including development of a prototype personal agent that users can teach to perform new action sequences to achieve new commands, using solely natural language interaction.

Speaker Bio:

Tom M. Mitchell is the E. Fredkin University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he founded the world’s first Machine Learning Department.  His research uses machine learning to develop computers that are learning to read the web (, and uses brain imaging to study how the human brain understands what it reads.  He believes conversational machine learning will be the greatest new thrust in AI over the coming decade. Mitchell is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow and Past President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).