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Machine Learning Zone Report

Read the report: Machine Learning Zone Report – November 2019 [PDF] The Machine Learning Zone was supported by the University of Oxford. In this activity, students connected with University of Oxford researchers working on things like how to make sure robots don’t crash into each other when they can’t talk to each other, why human brains are so good at learning, the ethical issues of robots working in hospitals and health care, and making computers that can learn to spot patterns in genetic data. This zone saw an increase in students logged in and questions asked than the previous I’m a Researcher activity, Curiosity Carnival, in 2017. Students had lots of questions about careers and education in particular, including questions about studying and working at the University of Oxford. Students from schools across England connected with nine researchers at the University of Oxford: Yee Whye Teh, who won this zone, … Continue reading

Posted on January 15, 2020 by modjen in Evaluation, News, Zone report | Comments Off on Machine Learning Zone Report

Student winner – Machine Learning Zone

During the activity in November we asked the researchers and moderators to select the students who stood out for them: the students they thought asked the best questions, or engaged most in the live chats. Well done to all of the students, and everyone who took part. There were so many interesting questions, and comments, but there could only be one winner. So, for fantastic engagement during the activity, for posting brilliant questions and comments, the student winner below will receive a certificate and a gift voucher. The student winner in Machine Learning Zone is… mjs11, Fitzharrys School, Abingdon

Posted on December 16, 2019 by modjen in News | Comments Off on Student winner – Machine Learning Zone

Thank you from your winner – Yee Whye!

Wow that was a very nice surprise! I had such a good time answering questions and chatting throughout the two weeks that it hadn’t occurred to me that there’s a prize to be won. I’m very glad that the students enjoyed interacting with me as much as I interacted with them.  I will use the prize money to encourage and enable the graduate students in my department to do outreach activities. Thank you for all the great questions, ranging from science – “Could it be possible to create a robot that learns?” to profound – “Do you think AI will eradicate us all?” to the everyday – “Do you like lasagna?”. The answer is yes for me for the last one btw! A big thank you also to the I’m a Researcher team who had everything running so smoothly and getting everybody together, as well as Mareli Grady, the outreach … Continue reading

Posted on November 29, 2019 by modjen in News | Comments Off on Thank you from your winner – Yee Whye!

The winner is…

Yee Whye Teh Congratulations! The students chose Yee Whye as the Machine Learning Zone winner! It’s been a fantastic two weeks and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the researchers who took part.

Posted on November 22, 2019 by iarukadmin in News | Comments Off on The winner is…

Join the second evening live chat tonight from 7-8pm!

Log in between 7 and 8pm for another chance to talk to the researchers in the Machine Learning Zone!   Continue asking your brilliant questions in this special after-school live chat. Just log in and head to the CHAT page from 7pm! This is another chance for you to introduce your friends and family to the researchers you’ve been talking with in school, and for them to ask their own questions about artificial intelligence and machine learning,  and the researchers’ work and interests. It’s also an opportunity for the researchers to convince you to VOTE for them before the winner is announced tomorrow! How to join the evening chat Log in to the Machine Learning Zone as normal Click the CHAT icon Start asking your questions!   See you tonight! ModJen and the Machine Learning Zone team

Posted on November 21, 2019 by modjen in News | Comments Off on Join the second evening live chat tonight from 7-8pm!

What’s happening in Machine Learning Zone, the online STEM engagement activity, this November

Over the last week, school students across the UK and researchers at the University of Oxford have been engaging online in the Machine Learning Zone. Together you’ve talked about: does technology benefit everyone equally can computers help sick people what else researchers think they could be could we rely on AI too much in the future how companies and the government might be watching will AI remove the whole idea of money biggest fears (basically spiders) will AI begin to feel, and feel angry about us And much, much more (what fruit or veg would YOU be?). See the researchers and schools taking part. In total, in the first seven days there’s been: 252 school students logging in to Machine Learning Zone 144 ASK questions from students sent to the 9 researchers 167 votes cast by students for their favourites almost uncountable number of conversations in the 10 live chats so far. There’s still much more … Continue reading

Posted on November 18, 2019 by iarukadmin in News | Comments Off on What’s happening in Machine Learning Zone, the online STEM engagement activity, this November

Join the evening live chat 7-8pm tonight!

Log in between 7 and 8pm for another chance to talk to the researchers in the Machine Learning Zone!   Continue asking your brilliant questions in this special after-school live chat. Just log in and head to the CHAT page from 7pm! Why not introduce your friends and family to the researchers you’ve been talking with in school? You can even ask them to pose their own question about artificial intelligence and machine learning, the researchers’ work and interests, or about science and engineering in general, the careers available and more… How to join the evening chat Log in to the Machine Learning Zone as normal Click the CHAT icon Start asking your questions!   See you tonight! ModJen and the Machine Learning Zone team

Posted on November 14, 2019 by modjen in News | Comments Off on Join the evening live chat 7-8pm tonight!

Who’s taking part in the Machine Learning Zone?

I’m a Researcher, Get me out of here! is back this November. Between Monday 11th and Friday 22nd, students at 12 schools will be putting their questions to 8 researchers all working on machine learning. For the latest news and announcements about the event, find us on Twitter @imascientist, and follow the hashtag, #IARUK. Let’s meet the researchers and schools taking part… Machine Learning Zone The Machine Learning Zone is supported by The University of Oxford. Yee-Whye The | Professor of Statistical Machine Learning I’m researching the scientific principles that underpins machine learning at the Department of Statistics. Valerie Bradley | PhD student in Statistics I’m developing methods for predicting how likely someone is to support a political candidate, with cutting-edge machine learning techniques. Nick Hawes | Associate Professor of Engineering Science (Robotics) I work on AI methods to allow robots to plan and execute behaviour for missions that last from minutes … Continue reading

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in News | Comments Off on Who’s taking part in the Machine Learning Zone?

[TEST] Curiosity Zone Report

The Curiosity Zone was the first zone of I’m a Researcher, Get me out of here. It was funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, which is an EU funding programme to support research careers. The Zone ran for three weeks, connecting secondary school students in Oxfordshire with 22 researchers from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. The aim was to engage students with the wide variety of local researchers and to encourage students to attend to the live final at the Curiosity Carnival on 29th September. In total, researchers from different disciplines answered 133 approved questions sent in by students in ASK and, there were 14 live chats with classes. The majority of the students who took part were in Science classes. There were also Geography and Psychology classes who contributed 30% of the total questions in ASK. The majority of the activity took … Continue reading

Posted on July 18, 2019 by modemily in News | Comments Off on [TEST] Curiosity Zone Report

Thank you from your winner… Priyanka!

Students, we want to hear from you too! Click here to go to your profile survey and tell us what you think about research for a chance to win a £20 voucher! Hi everyone! Having participated in I’m an Engineer a couple of years ago, I had a fantastic experience chatting to students about engineering.  So when I was approached to participate in I’m a Researcher, Get Me Out of Here! for Curiosity Carnival, I didn’t hesitate at all to reply “Yes!”. The live chats really are a great platform for students across various subjects and personality types to fearlessly ask questions that they may hesitate to ask in person. Combined with the enthusiastic and efficient moderators, the live chats were a frenzy of interesting questions (thank you, students!) What I did not expect was how much I’d learn from the other researchers, whose expertise was way out of my area of knowledge! From … Continue reading

Posted on October 5, 2017 by iarukadmin in News | Comments Off on Thank you from your winner… Priyanka!