Dr. Matthew Springer
Mitchell Physics Building
College Station, Texas 77843-4242
Humans have reasoned under uncertainty for thousands of years, but probability theory as an objective mathematical framework for inference mainly began with Laplace and others only in the last two centuries. In the modern era, computational power has helped probability theory flower into new fields such as machine learning. It is also a surprisingly useful way to think about career decisions. This talk presents an overview of probabilistic and computational techniques in optics, and practical perspectives on the author's early post-PhD career in the defense industry.
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