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. Recently, he has been spearheading the company's Test Center project. He also runs FAWM.ORG, an annual online songwriting experiment. 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). Burr gets around by bike and among other things plays guitar in the pop band delicious pastries. ♣
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