Google Fellowship for Durk Kingma
Durk Kingma, PhD student at the University of Amsterdam's Informatics Institute is a recipient of the prestigious Google European Fellowship award. Kingma conducts his research on the design of models and learning algorithms for deep neural networks within de Machine Learning group, led by Max Welling.
An important contribution of his research is the so-called ‘variational auto-encoder’, a model that can both classify data as well as synthesise new pseudo-data. Kingma will use the Google funding to further develop and apply this model to images and video data.
Google created the European Fellowship programme to recognize and support outstanding doctoral students doing exceptional research in Computer Science or closely related areas. Every year Google awards approximately 15 fellowships to PhD students who have been nominated by their university. Kingma’s fellowship comes on top of a Google Faculty Award for Max Welling, also to support his research in the area of deep learning.