Pretentious 3rd-Person Bio: Burr Settles is a lead scientist and software engineer at Duolingo, an award-winning website and mobile app that combines free language education with crowdsourced translation. He also runs FAWM.ORG, an annual online songwriting challenge. Previously, he was a postdoc in machine learning at Carnegie Mellon University, and earned a PhD in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book Active Learning — an introduction to learning algorithms that are adaptive, curious, or exploratory (if you will) — was published by Morgan & Claypool in 2012. He has also co-organized several workshops on the subject at leading international conferences (ICML, NAACL-HLT). In his spare time, Burr gets around by bike and plays guitar in the pop band delicious pastries. ♦
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