Researcher DeepMind |
University College London
Dr. Raia Hadsell is a highly accomplished researcher in artificial intelligence, currently serving as the Senior Director of Research and Robotics at DeepMind. She joined the company in 2014 to develop new solutions for artificial general intelligence. In her current role, she oversees the strategy for DeepMind's exploratory research efforts and leads teams working on cutting-edge innovations in AI.
Hadsell's academic background is diverse, with an undergraduate degree in religion and philosophy from Reed College. She later pursued a Ph.D. in computer science at NYU. She worked on machine learning using Siamese neural nets, face recognition algorithms, and deep learning for mobile robots in the wild. Her thesis, 'Learning Long-range Vision for offroad robots', earned her the Outstanding Dissertation award in 2009.
After completing her Ph.D., Hadsell worked as a post-doc at CMU Robotics Institute and then as a research scientist at SRI International's Vision and Robotics group in Princeton, NJ.
At DeepMind, Hadsell has tackled various fundamental challenges in AGI, including continual and transfer learning, deep reinforcement learning for robotics and control problems, and neural navigation models. She has proposed innovative neural approaches such as policy distillation, progressive nets, and elastic weight consolidation to solve the problem of catastrophic forgetting.
Beyond her work at DeepMind, Hadsell is highly involved in the AI community. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TMLR, an open journal dedicated to machine learning research. She also sits on the executive board of CoRL and is a fellow of ELLIS. Additionally, she is a founding organizer of NAISys and has served as a CIFAR advisor and on the Executive Board for WiML.