Title: The Library of Babel: On Trying to Read My Genome
Information and Abstract:
Applied Data Science Seminar. Not long ago, information about our DNA was virtually impossible to gain. Now, thanks to the falling cost of DNA sequencing and the growing power of bioinformatics, genetic information is undergoing a Gutenberg-scale explosion of popularity. Millions of people are paying for DNA tests from companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com, and they are getting unprecedented amounts of information about their ancestry and hereditary diseases. For my latest book, “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,” I got my genome sequenced and enlisted scientists at Yale and elsewhere to help me interpret it. In my talk, I’ll discuss the results of that exploration–at once enlightening and baffling
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“Toward theoretical understanding of deep learning”
Speaker: Professor Sanjeev Arora
Princeton University & Institute for Advanced Study
Tomorrow – Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Yale Institute for Network Science, 17 Hillhouse Avenue, 3rd floor
Abstract: This talk will be a survey of ongoing efforts and recent results to develop better theoretical understanding of deep learning, from expressiveness to optimization to generalization theory. We will see the (limited) success that has been achieved and the open questions it leads to. (My expository articles appear at
http://www.offconvex.org (link is external))
Bio: Sanjeev Arora is Charles C. Fitzmorris Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study. He is an expert in theoretical computer science, especially theoretical ML. He has received the Packard Fellowship (1997), Simons Investigator Award (2012), Goedel Prize (2001 and 2010), ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences (now called the ACM prize) (2012), and the Fulkerson Prize in Discrete Math (2012).
4/25/18: Adam Auton (23andme)
5/2/18: Andre Levchenko
Here are the instructions for setting up the iPad in Bass 434 to interface with the main screen, and to allow annotation during a Zoom meeting:
1) On both the iPad and the Mac mini, go to yale.zoom.us (the iPad has the Zoom app installed as well)
2) Click on "Join a Meeting"
3) In the box for "Join with Personal Link Name" enter (for both devices): lori.bass.434
4) Share the Mac mini screen with the meeting participants
5) On the iPad, click on the "Annotate" tool.
6) Scribble and annotate to thine heart’s content.
Note that the login times out after 24 hours, a relevant fact for those 25 hour meetings in our future.