Curiosity on Stage - This week: Using Machine Learning Creatively

Canada Science and Technology Museum
Dec 22, 2018
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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Demo Stage
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Included with admission
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Presentation in English and French with a bilingual Q+A.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.

While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.

This week: Using Machine Learning Creatively

Pablo Samuel Castro – Google Brain

Pablo Samuel was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, and moved to Montreal after high school to study at McGill. He obtained his undergraduate, masters, and PhD at McGill, focusing on Reinforcement Learning. After his PhD Pablo did a 10-month postdoc in Paris before moving to Pittsburgh to join Google. He has worked at Google for almost 6 years, and is currently a research Software Developer in Google Brain in Montreal, focusing on fundamental Reinforcement Learning research, as well as Machine Learning and Music. Aside from his interest in coding/AI/math, Pablo is an active musician (, loves running (5 marathons so far, including Boston!), and discussing politics and activism.

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning is about more than just detecting cats, playing video games, and driving cars. It can be used creatively as well! At Google Brain a few of us are doing research exploring ways in which we can learn about the structure of music and art forms in general, generate novel art, and how these developments can help artists take their craft to new levels. Our approach is both scientific and creative. Come learn about some of the questions we are trying to answer, as well as how we're putting our findings to creative use!

Coming Up:

January 12 - Medical Curiosity – University of Ottawa Medical Students