Pierre Alquier, Research Scientist Riken AIP project, Tokyo, visited the University of Bristol School of Mathematics from November 25 to December 6 2019.

As a visitor to the Heilbronn Institute he gave a series of data science lectures to COMPASS students on 27 November 2019 on:

- Introduction to the variational approach and examples: Mixture models, matrix completions and recommendations, deep learning
- Theoretical analysis of variational methods

He also presented additional lectures during his visit on areas, such as ‘A Generalization Bound for Online Variational Inference.’

These lectures were part of the Data Seminar Series collaboration between the Jean Golding Institute and the Heilbronn Institute to showcase the latest research in Data Science – methodology with roots in Mathematics and Computer Science with important applied implications.