ICML paper accepted

Our paper Quasi-Monte Carlo Variational Inference was accepted at ICML. In this paper we explore the usage of Quasi-Monte Carlo sampling for obtaining low variance gradient estimators for Monte Carlo variational inference.

AISTATS paper accepted

I am happy that our paper Generalized Dynamic Topic Models was accepted at AISTATS at Lanzarote. We generalize the classic topic model to topics the evolve other time and the time dynamics are modeled by Gaussian processes. Choosing different kernels for the GPs allows for discovering different time patterns in the corpus.

Netflix Travel Award / NIPS'17

Our workshop paper Scalable Logit Gaussian Process Classification got selected as contributed talk at the Advances in Approximate Bayesian Inference Workshop at NIPS. Moreover, I am very happy to receive the Netflix Travel Award.

Selected Publications

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Quasi-Monte Carlo Variational Inference
A. Buchholz*, F. Wenzel*, S. Mandt (* = equal contribution)
ICML, 2018
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Efficient Gaussian Process Classification Using Polya-Gamma Data Augmentation
F. Wenzel*, T. Galy-Fajou*, C. Donner, M. Kloft, M. Opper (* = equal contribution)
arXiv, 2018


Scalable Generalized Dynamic Topic Models
P. Jähnichen*, F. Wenzel*, M. Kloft, S. Mandt (* = equal contribution)

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Sparse Probit Linear Mixed Model
S. Mandt*, F. Wenzel*, S. Nakajima, J. P. Cunningham, C. Lippert, M. Kloft (* = equal contribution)
Machine Learning, 2017

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Bayesian Nonlinear Support Vector Machines for Big Data
F. Wenzel, M. Deutsch, T. Galy-Fajou, M. Kloft
ECML, 2017
Best Student Paper Award Nomination Oral Presentation

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

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Sep 3, 2018. Berlin, Germany.
ICML / Oral Conference Track
Jul 11, 2018. Stockholm, Sweden.
Audi / Audi ML Day
Feb 22, 2018. Ingolstadt, Germany.
Feb 15, 2018. Berlin, Germany.
Brandenburg Technical University / Guest Lecture on Variational Inference
Dec 19, 2017. Cottbus, Germany.
NIPS / Advances in Approximate Bayesian Inference Workshop
Dec 7, 2017. Long Beach, USA.
ECML / Contributed Talk
Sep 22, 2017. Skopje, Macedonia.
ECML / Oral Journal Track
Sep 20, 2017. Skopje, Macedonia.
ECML / Oral Conference Track
Sep 20, 2017. Skopje, Macedonia.
IDA Retreat
Sep 5, 2017. Chorin, Germany.
Humboldt-Universität / ML Seminar
May 17, 2017. Berlin, Germany.
Disney Research
May 16, 2017. Pittsburgh, USA.


Past Courses