As of April 2013, I am no
longer at UBC. Please see my new webpage at www.shakirm.com
I am a post-doctoral researcher in Machine
Learning at the University
of British Columbia in the
Department of Computer Science. I work in the Laboratory for
Computational Intelligence (LCI) with Nando de Freitas and Kevin
My research is funded through a junior fellowship
from the Canadian
Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), within the
Neural Computation and Adaptive Perception (NCAP) programme
led by Geoff Hinton.
I completed my PhD with Zoubin Ghahramani in the
Learning Group at the University
of Cambridge, where I was a Commonwealth
Scholar to the United Kingdom and a member of St
John's College. I am from South Africa, and completed my
previous degrees in Electrical and Information Engineering at the
of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Bayesian statistics and machine
Unsupervised learning and latent
Matrix and tensor factorisation
Generalised linear models, sparse
Approximate Bayesian inference
Missing data imputation
||I am one of the organisers of the 2013 CIFAR Junior
Fellows' Academy. I'm chairing the session on Science and
||We have 2 papers accepted at NIPS 2012. We'll be at Lake
Tahoe discussing: (1) Expectation propagation for
Gaussian process dynamical systems, and (2) Fast
variational inference for non-conjugate GP regression.
|I am one of the organisers of the NIPS 2012 workshop on Bayesian
Optimisation and Decision Making on the 7th December.
|| I'll be attending the 4th
Canadian Science Policy Conference in Calgary.
||Look out for our paper on Spike-and-slab sparisty for
unsupervised learning at ICML 2012 in Edinburgh.
||I will be at the conference of the International Society
for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) in Kyoto, discussing Large-scale
approximate Bayesian inference for latent Gaussian models.
| April 2012
|| Our paper on Latent Gaussian models for categorical
data has been accepted at AISTATS 2012 - see our
poster at the conference in La Palma, Canary Islands. Paper
and code here.
||CIFAR Junior Fellows' Meeting in Banff.
|13 Dec 2011
||Rsearch visit to the Council for Scientific and Industrial
|12 Dec 2011
||Research visit, Department of Engineering, University of
|16-18 Nov 2011
||Attending the 3rd Canadian
Science Policy Conference in Ottawa.
|15 Nov 2011
||Research visit and talk at the University of Ottawa, Text
Analysis and Machine Learning group.
|1 August 2011
||Attending the '7th CIFAR Summer School on:
Learning and Vision in Biology and Engineering' in Toronto.
|23 July 2011
||I will be returning to Cambridge to attend my PhD
|11 April 2011
||Attended my first meeting of the CIFAR Junior Fellow
Academy in Toronto
|1 April 2011
||I have moved to the beautiful city of Vancouver to begin a
postdoc at the University of British Columbia.
|15 March 2011
||Officially received my 'Approval for the PhD Degree'.