## Building Intelligent Probabilistic Systems

*parsimonious complexity*in the data. That is, balancing simplicity in our explanations of the world with the flexibility that is required to capture the rich variation that occurs in real data. One remarkable class of mathematical tools for balancing these extremes are Bayesian nonparametric model, which enable one to specify an infinite-dimensional model, while still manipulating it tractably on a finite computer. Such models mean that our explanations for the world can grow in complexity precisely to the extent that the data allow it.

*point processes*.

*latent variables*, which provide a simpler and often lower-dimensional representation of our high-dimensional data. In the HIPS group, we are constantly developing new ways to construct these kinds of models and apply them in different domains.

## Recent News

## Call for Abstracts: NIPS Workshop on Statistical Methods for Understanding Neural Systems

NIPS WORKSHOP 2015 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Statistical Methods for Understanding Neural Systems

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Montreal, Canada

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Organizers: Allie Fletcher Jakob Macke Ryan Adams Jascha Sohl-Dickstein

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Overview:

## New Podcast: Talking Machines

We are happy to announce the launch of a new podcast (hosted by Ryan Adams and Katherine Gorman) on machine learning and related topics, called Talking Machines. The first episode is up, with a taste of what the first season will bring. We have really interesting interviews with many great machine learning researchers, so definitely check it out.

## Harvard CRCS Call for Fellows and Visiting Scholars

The Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) solicits applications for its Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars Programs for the 2015-2016 academic year. Postdoctoral Fellows receive an annual salary of approximately $63,000 for one year (with the possibility of renewal) to engage in a program of original research, and are provided with additional funds for travel and research support. Visiting Scholars ordinarily come with their own support, but CRCS can occasionally offer supplemental funding.

## Bayesian Optimization Workshop at NIPS

At NIPS this year will be a workshop on Bayesian Optimization in Academia and Industry, on Friday 12 December 2014. The announcement is below. We invite abstracts, due on October 23, 2014.