Terrence J. Sejnowski

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Terrence J. (Terry) Sejnowski,
an American physicist, computer scientist, neurobiologist, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Francis Crick professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, San Diego, California, and adjunct professor in the departments of neurosciences, psychology, cognitive science, computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He was further member of the advisory committee for President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative. Terrence Sejnowski received his M.Sc. in physics under John Wheeler in 1970 at Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in physics under John Hopfield in 1978 at Princeton as well. In 1982, he joined the department of biology at Johns Hopkins University before moving to San Diego in 1988. He pioneered in neural networks and computational neuroscience, and co-invented the Boltzmann machine, a type of recurrent neural network capable of learning internal representations [2], and researched on problems in speech concerning English pronunciation, resulting in NETtalk [3]. In collaboration with Barbara Oakley, Terrence Sejnowski co-created and taught Learning How To Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, available as MOOC on Coursera [4].

Learning in Games

Along with Gerald Tesauro, Terrence Sejnowski worked and published on neural networks applied to Backgammon [5], and along with Nicol N. Schraudolph and Peter Dayan on temporal difference learning to evaluate positions in Go [6].

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