Corinna Cortes is a Danish computer scientist known for her contributions to machine learning. She is currently the Head of Google Research, New York. Cortes is a recipient of the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for her work on theoretical foundations of support vector machines.
Cortes received her M.S. degree in physics from Copenhagen University in 1989. In the same year she joined AT&T Bell Labs as a researcher and remained there for about ten years. She received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Rochester in 1993. Cortes currently serves as the Head of Google Research, New York. She is an Editorial Board member of the journal Machine Learning.
Cortes’ research covers a wide range of topics in machine learning, including support vector machines and data mining. In 2008, she jointly with Vladimir Vapnik received the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for the development of a highly effective algorithm for supervised learning known as support vector machines (SVM). Today, SVM is one of the most frequently used algorithms in machine learning, which is used in many practical applications, including medical diagnosis and weather forecasting.
Harnessing Neural Networks:
Deep learning has demonstrated impressive performance gain in many machine learning applications. However, unveiling and realizing these performance gains is not always straightforward. Discovering the right network architecture is critical for accuracy and often requires a human in the loop. Some network architectures occasionally produce spurious outputs, and the outputs have to be restricted to meet the needs of an application. Finally, realizing the performance gain in a production system can be difficult because of extensive inference times.
In this talk we discuss methods for making neural networks efficient in production systems. We also discuss an efficient method for automatically learning the network architecture, called AdaNet. We provide theoretical arguments for the algorithm and present experimental evidence for its effectiveness.