Machine learning scientist
Michal Valko is one of the most prominent and talented scientists today. He is a lecturer at ENS Paris-Saclay in Paris. Since 2011 he has been involved in the SequeL team of the French National Institute for Research in Informatics and Automation (Inria). Since 2019, he has been working in the DeepMind laboratory in Paris, which, as part of Google, specializes in the research of artificial intelligence. He is mainly interested in designing algorithms that would require as little human supervision as possible.
His interest in science began with Michal Valek at the Grammar School of Alejová in Košice. In hindsight, he now realizes that the close cooperation between his grammar school and the UPJŠ Faculty of Science aroused his interest in science. He graduated from the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Mathematical Methods in Informatics at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University. In 2015, the university included him among its outstanding graduates. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2009 to 2010, he did internship at Intel in Silicon Valley, where he worked on designing autonomous systems to help the blind recognize other people's faces. He has also worked on joint projects with Adobe, Technicolor and Microsoft Research.
One of the important features of artificial intelligence should be the ability to adapt to a changing environment. Michal Valko is working on designing algorithms that would require as little human supervision as possible. This means less human intervention in "learning" and controlling the algorithm. Part of his research is the design of sequential algorithms that lead to structured decisions that provably lead to faster "learning" of algorithms.
Michal Valko is also a choir singer and is an active volunteer in working with seniors.
Hana and Dalimil Dvořák, the couple who established the Experientia Foundation, met each other during their student days, and it is entirely symbolic that they met in a chemistry laboratory.
Originally from Slovakia, Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada and expert in photonics and integrated optics.