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Scientists Present Tutorial on Probabilistic Programming with Figaro at AI Conference

Scientists from Charles River Analytics, a developer of intelligent system solutions, will present a tutorial on probabilistic programming at the Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-15). The conference will take place from January 25–30, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas.

The tutorial will be presented by Dr. Avi Pfeffer, a principal scientist at Charles River Analytics and leading researcher on a variety of computational intelligence techniques, including probabilistic reasoning, machine learning, and computational game theory. Dr. Pfeffer will be assisted by Dr. Brian Ruttenberg, a scientist at Charles River, whose primary areas of expertise are machine learning, data mining, and probabilistic modeling.

“In this tutorial, we will introduce participants to probabilistic programming, which allows probabilistic processes, models and algorithms to be specified using familiar programming language constructs,” explained Dr. Pfeffer. “These languages are democratizing the AI field, enabling even users with little machine learning and AI experience to easily construct and perform inference on large and complex probabilistic models. We will then work on interactive sessions where participants will solve a sequence of real-world problems using Figaro.”

Figaro is an open source probabilistic programming language. It enables developers to create tools that help people make better decisions in the face of uncertainty. To learn more about Figaro or to download a free copy, visit

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