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72076 Tübingen

Germany

Max-Planck-Ring 4

72076 Tübingen

Germany

+49 7071 601 572

+49 7071 601 552

On 1 May 2018, I was appointed as a Full Professor to the newly created Chair for the Methods of Machine Learning at the Computer Science department of the University of Tübingen. **Please find my new page there.** I am also keeping an adjunct position at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

I am interested in algorithms that estimate and express uncertainty about the result of imprecise computations. Such imprecision can arise because the computational task is not analytically tractable, because a limited computational budget only allows a partial solution, or because the description of the task is itself imprecise to begin with. Probability measures provide the formal language for the description of such uncertainty. My group and I develop computer algorithms that take in and return probability measures; we call these probabilistic numerical methods.

- For detailed information about our work, please see our group's homepage.
- A general overview of probabilistic numerical methods can be found at http://www.probabilistic-numerics.org.
- A while ago I was interviewed by Katie Gorman and Ryan Adams for Talking Machines. The interview provides a bit of a general introduction. In a bittersweet coincidence, this episode of the podcast opens with an obituary for my incredible PhD advisor, Sir David MacKay.

- Video of my talk on Bayesian Optimization at the Gaussian Process Summer School 2015
- I organised the Machine Learning Summer School 2015 (videos and slides). During this MLSS, I also did a tutorial on probabilistic numerics
- Videos of my Gaussian Process tutorial at the RNLS summer school at the ETH Zürich are online. This is the most recent and most compact video of my GP tutorial. If you want to learn about GPs in 90 minutes, I recommend watching this one instead of the older ones listed below.
- I organised the Machine Learning Summer School 2013 (videos and slides)
- Videos of my talks at the MLSS are up (slide animations only work in Adobe Reader):
- I spoke on GPs at the Gaussian Process Winter School 2013. Here is a video, and the slides of this talk (slide animations only work in Adobe Reader).

If you need a bio-blurb for your event web-page or a talk introduction, here's a suggestion (sorry if this sounds like grandstanding, I've repeatedly been asked for such a text):

*Philipp Hennig holds the Chair for the Methods of Machine Learning at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and an adjunct position at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. He studied physics in Heidelberg and at Imperial College, London, and received a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2011, under the supervision of the late Sir David JC MacKay. Since that time, he has been interested in the notion of computation as information gathering and, with collaborators, has helped re-establish the field of probabilistic numerics. Philipp primarily works in the machine learning community, where his group has made several algorithmic contributions. He has held an Emmy Noether fellowship, a Max Planck Research grant, and, in 2017, was awarded an ERC Starting Grant by the European Commission.*

Inference Probability Numerical Methods

72 results
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**Efficient Bayesian Local Model Learning for Control**
In *Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems*, pages: 2244 - 2249, IROS, 2014, clmc (inproceedings)

**Quasi-Newton Methods: A New Direction**
*Journal of Machine Learning Research*, 14(1):843-865, March 2013 (article)

**The Randomized Dependence Coefficient**
In *Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 26*, pages: 1-9, (Editors: C.J.C. Burges, L. Bottou, M. Welling, Z. Ghahramani, and K.Q. Weinberger), 27th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2013 (inproceedings)

**Fast Probabilistic Optimization from Noisy Gradients**
In *Proceedings of The 30th International Conference on Machine Learning, JMLR W&CP 28(1)*, pages: 62–70, (Editors: S Dasgupta and D McAllester), ICML, 2013 (inproceedings)

**Nonparametric dynamics estimation for time periodic systems**
In *Proceedings of the 51st Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing*, pages: 486-493 , 2013 (inproceedings)

**The Randomized Dependence Coefficient**
Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2013 (poster)

**Analytical probabilistic modeling for radiation therapy treatment planning**
*Physics in Medicine and Biology*, 58(16):5401-5419, 2013 (article)

**Analytical probabilistic proton dose calculation and range uncertainties**
In *17th International Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy*, pages: 6-11, (Editors: A. Haworth and T. Kron), ICCR, 2013 (inproceedings)

**Animating Samples from Gaussian Distributions**
(8), Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen, Germany, 2013 (techreport)

**Quasi-Newton Methods: A New Direction**
In *Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Machine Learning*, pages: 25-32, ICML ’12, (Editors: John Langford and Joelle Pineau), Omnipress, New York, NY, USA, ICML, July 2012 (inproceedings)

**Entropy Search for Information-Efficient Global Optimization**
*Journal of Machine Learning Research*, 13, pages: 1809-1837, -, June 2012 (article)

**Learning Tracking Control with Forward Models**
In pages: 259 -264, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2012 (inproceedings)

**Approximate Gaussian Integration using Expectation Propagation**
In pages: 1-11, -, January 2012 (inproceedings) Submitted

**Kernel Topic Models**
In *Fifteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics*, 22, pages: 511-519, JMLR Proceedings, (Editors: Lawrence, N. D. and Girolami, M.), JMLR.org, AISTATS , 2012 (inproceedings)

**Optimal Reinforcement Learning for Gaussian Systems**
In *Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 24*, pages: 325-333, (Editors: J Shawe-Taylor and RS Zemel and P Bartlett and F Pereira and KQ Weinberger), Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2011 (inproceedings)

**Using an Infinite Von Mises-Fisher Mixture Model to Cluster Treatment Beam Directions in External Radiation Therapy **
In pages: 746-751 , (Editors: Draghici, S. , T.M. Khoshgoftaar, V. Palade, W. Pedrycz, M.A. Wani, X. Zhu), IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA, Ninth International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), December 2010 (inproceedings)

**Approximate Inference in Graphical Models**
University of Cambridge, November 2010 (phdthesis)

**Coherent Inference on Optimal Play in Game Trees**
In *JMLR Workshop and Conference Proceedings Volume 9: AISTATS 2010*, pages: 326-333, (Editors: Teh, Y.W. , M. Titterington ), JMLR, Cambridge, MA, USA, Thirteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, May 2010 (inproceedings)

**Bayesian Quadratic Reinforcement Learning**
NIPS Workshop on Probabilistic Approaches for Robotics and Control, December 2009 (poster)

**Expectation Propagation on the Maximum of Correlated Normal Variables**
Cavendish Laboratory: University of Cambridge, July 2009 (techreport)

**Point-spread functions for backscattered imaging in the scanning electron microscope **
*Journal of Applied Physics *, 102(12):1-8, December 2007 (article)

**Classified Regression for Bayesian Optimization: Robot Learning with Unknown Penalties**
Submitted to Journal (article) In preparation