Marc Deisenroth

Marc Deisenroth

DeepMind Chair of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

University College London


Professor Marc Deisenroth is the DeepMind Chair of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence at University College London, Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence, and part of the UNESCO Chair on Artificial Intelligence at UCL. He also holds a visiting faculty position at the University of Johannesburg. Marc leads the Statistical Machine Learning Group at UCL. His research interests center around data-efficient machine learning, probabilistic modeling and autonomous decision making with applications in climate/weather science and robotics.

Marc was Program Chair of EWRL 2012, Workshops Chair of RSS 2013, EXPO Chair at ICML 2020, Tutorials Chair at NeurIPS 2021, and Program Chair at ICLR 2022. He is an elected member of the ICML Board. He received Paper Awards at ICRA 2014, ICCAS 2016, ICML 2020, AISTATS 2021, and FAccT 2023. In 2019, Marc co-organized the Machine Learning Summer School in London.

In 2018, Marc received The President’s Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher at Imperial College. He is a recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award and a Microsoft PhD Grant.

In 2018, Marc spent four months at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Rwanda), where he taught a course on Foundations of Machine Learning as part of the African Masters in Machine Intelligence. He is co-author of the book Mathematics for Machine Learning, published by Cambridge University Press.

Research Expertise

Machine Learning: Data-efficient machine learning, Gaussian processes, reinforcement learning, Bayesian optimization, approximate inference, deep probabilistic models

Robotics and Control: Robot learning, legged locomotion, planning under uncertainty, imitation learning, adaptive control, robust control, learning control, optimal control

Signal Processing: Nonlinear state estimation, Kalman filtering, time-series modeling, dynamical systems, system identification, stochastic information processing

Recent Publications

(2023). Neural Field Movement Primitives for Joint Modelling of Scenes and Motions. Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).


(2023). Sliding Touch-based Exploration for Modeling Unknown Object Shape with Multi-finger Hands. Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).


(2023). Understanding Deep Generative Models with Generalized Empirical Likelihoods. Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR).

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