Andrea Tacchetti

Andrea Tacchetti

email: atacchet [at] gmail [dot] com
office: 46-5155A
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I am a Research Scientist at DeepMind. Before joining DeepMind, I obtained my PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT where I was part of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. During my PhD, I was advised by Tomaso Poggio in the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines and I was part of the LCSL, a joint lab between MIT and the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Currently, I work on Relational Reasoning and I am especially interested in Hierarchical Relational Reasnoning. During my PhD I studied, and replicated in artificial systems, how human visual cortex learns to recognize objects, actions and faces in videos, and static images under a wide variety of transformations. I also design algorithms that are able to learn from large amounts of labeled data (a link to my PhD Thesis should be available soon).

I spent the summer of 2016 as a Research Intern at Google DeepMind where I worked on systems that learn Newtonian mechanics from videos. In the summer of 2014 I have worked as a Software Engineering and Research Intern at (Amazon, Inc) where I developed a Deep Learning system for object localization and recognition. In the Summer of 2013 I worked as a Data Scientist and Software Engineering Intern at Room 77, Inc (acquired by Google in 2014) where I designed and wrote algorithms for search results ranking and segmentation.

In the fall of 2013 I was a Teacher Assistant for Prof. A. Torralba's graduate class Advances in Computer Vision (6.869). In the fall of 2014 I was a Teacher Assistant for Prof. L. Kaelbling's Machine Learning (6.867) graduate class.

In 2010 I was part of the Equipment Controls and Electronic section in the Engineering Department at CERN where I developed a system to learn the minimum tracking error parameters for a complex control loop from measurements acquired on board.

During my time at MIT, I used to race bikes for the MIT Cycling Tream where I also served as Vice President. In the past I have been the organizer of the Machine Learning Tea at MIT for which I have secured fundings from Google. Together with Sruthi Reddy Chintakunta I participated in the MIT 100K - The Entrepreneurship Competition in 2016.

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