Nando de Freitas

Adjunct Professor
Email: nando [at] cs [dot] ubc [dot] ca

I am on leave at the University of Oxford as a professor in computer science. This is my new website there.

Curriculum Vitae

B.Sc. and M.Sc. (both with distinction), Wits University (1994,1996)

Ph.D., Trinity College, Cambridge University (2000)

Post-doctoral fellow, UC Berkeley (1999-2001)


machine learning
computational neuroscience
big data analysis
randomized algorithms
optimal decision making


I am a machine learning professor. My goal as a researcher is to develop new ideas, algorithms and mathematical models to extend the frontiers of science and technology so as to improve the quality of life of humans and their environment. Mine is also a search for knowledge and a desire to understand mind, cognition, rationality and intelligence.

I am a Fellow of CIFAR's Learning in Machines and Brains program. I am interested in neural architectures and learning from web-scale datasets. My conjecture is that with a predictive theory of intelligence, causal thinking, the right models and big data, we will discover very simple (yet extremely powerful) algorithms for perception, motor control and probabilistic reasoning. These will change the world.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia


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