Vladimir Vapnik Joins Facebook AI Research


VladimirVapnikYannLeCun650Facebook’s artificial-intelligence unit, Facebook AI Research, announced the addition of Vladimir Vapnik, from the University of London.

The hire was announced in a post on the Facebook AI Research page, in which Vapnik was pictured with Yann LeCun, who was tapped to lead the social network’s AI lab last December:

We are delighted to announce that Vladimir Vapnik has joined Facebook AI Research.

Vladimir is universally known in the machine-learning and statistics communities as the father of statistical learning theory and the co-inventor of the Support Vector Machine method. One of the key concepts of learning theory bears his name: the Vapnik-Chervonenkis Dimension, which measures the capacity of a learning machine.

Vladimir is rejoining some of his long-time collaborators: Jason Weston, Ronan Collobert and Yann LeCun.

He is working on a new book and will be collaborating with FAIR (Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence Research) research scientists to develop some of his new ideas on conditional density estimation, learning with privileged information and other topics.

According to VentureBeat, Vapnik, Weston, Collobert and LeCun worked together at AT&T.