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Dr Shane Legg, Distinguished Alumni Award and Public Lecture

Dr Shane Legg
Date Tuesday 8 May 2018
Time 1:30pm - 4pm
Where Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
Contact email events@waikato.ac.nz
Admission Cost Free

One of the world’s leaders in artificial intelligence will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) from the University of Waikato on Tuesday 8 May.

Dr Shane Legg, co-founder of Google DeepMind, graduated from Waikato in 1996 with a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with honours. It was at Waikato that he first learned about machine learning, contributing some code to the Java version of machine learning software which is still in use today.

In 2010 Shane joined forces with neuroscientist Demis Hassabis and former video game designer Mustafa Suleyman to establish DeepMind Technologies. Their technology aimed to mimic human thought processes, and it attracted some big-name investors. In 2014 DeepMind joined Google, said to be Google’s largest European buy.

Shane will be giving a public lecture on Artificial General Intelligence on Tuesday 8 May at 2pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, before he receives his DAA at a ceremony starting at 2.30pm. A drinks reception will follow.

The event is free, but space is limited, so please register today.