I joined Facebook AI Research in Fall 2013. I previously worked at Google on the Brain team, and before that, I was a post-doctoral fellow in Machine Learning at the University of Toronto working with Geoffrey Hinton. I did my PhD in computer science at New York University in Yann LeCun’s group. I am originally from Padova in Italy, where I graduated in Electronics Engineering. I am interested in machine learning, computer vision and, more generally, artificial intelligence. I have worked on unsupervised learning algorithms using both probabilistic graphical models and energy-based models. I also used these algorithms to build hierarchical models, called deep networks. I applied these models to a variety of applications, such as visual object recognition, speech recognition and text document retrieval. I am currently working on non-linear dynamical systems to analyze data streams.


I am co-organizing the first Deep Learning Symposium at NIPS 2015. Also, I am chairing the demo session at NIPS 2015. I have been serving as Area Chair for several conferences, including ICML, NIPS, CVPR and ICCV.

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An introductory lecture on convolutional neural networks for vision applications.


Machine learning (deep learning, energy based models, probabilistic graphical models, structure prediction), vision (low-level image statistics, image recognition, feature learning, image denoising), speech (acoustic modeling) and text processing (language modeling, topic modeling)

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