Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century:
Thinking Machines in the Physical World
Meet the Keynotes, Episode #1: Dr. Brian Anderson
With 2016 just around the corner, we are galloping along the road to the conference! In addition to news of an updated CFP (with an extended deadline for Special Session proposals) and the latest appearances of "Wiener in the Press," we are delighted to bring you, in this installment of the conference newsletter, some words from keynote speaker Dr. Brian Anderson
Dr. Anderson is a distinguished professor at the Australian National University's College of Engineering and Computer Science (you can read his ANU profile here
). We reached him in the midst of a busy conference in Osaka, and despite the hectic schedule he was able to provide a few fascinating tidbits about his work, his plans for Melbourne, and why he's excited about this conference:
Q: Could you tell us a bit about your research and its relationship to Norbert Wiener and the conference theme “Thinking Machines in the Physical World”?
Dr. Anderson: My introduction to Wiener filtering was through wanting to study what lay behind, or before, Kalman filtering, something I found out about in graduate school. As I learnt more about it, I discovered some unplugged gaps, and dealing with these took a few years, with the ideas eventually finding their way into a textbook coauthored with John B Moore. Subsequently, I found that other types of filters, for example hidden Markov Model filters, shared a number of semi-quantitiative properties with Wiener filters This whole process took decades, not months!
Q: What topics or ideas do you plan to focus on during your keynote in Melbourne, and what are you most looking forward to about sharing your work at the conference?
Dr. Anderson: I aim to paint a picture of the commonalities between Wiener filtering, Kalman filtering and Hidden Markov Model filtering. At the conference, I am looking forward to hearing other people’s viewpoints.
Stay tuned for details about our other keynote speakers in upcoming newsletters, as well as information about exciting pre-conference workshops and events that are in the works at the India Statistical Institute.
For the time being, we invite you to check out the UPDATED CFP (with an extended deadline for Special Session proposals), visit the conference website, and add your name to our linkedin group. In addition, join our mailing list to receive monthly conference newsletters that feature:
- Interviews with keynotes Dr. James Hughes (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies), Prof. M. Vidyasagar (University of Texas at Dallas) and the IBM Watson team
- Details about the conference location, venue, special events, and excursions
- Important reminders as we continue along the Conference Count-Down
- Recent media stories and scholarly articles related to Norbert Wiener and “Thinking Machines”
We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in July 2016!