The H.C. Ørsted Lectures

Twice a year, DTU invites prominent researchers from around the world to lecture on their work, research results, and the perspectives in their research field at the Ørsted Lectures. The lectures were inaugurated in 1998.  

The lectures are intended as a unique opportunity for researchers, students and alumni and others to be inspired by some of the brightest minds in fields that are investigated at DTU.

The Ørsted lecturers are invited based on their prominent position within their research fields as well as for their ability to engage a wider audience with their professional enthusiasm and insight.

The Oersted Lecture Executive Committee:
Professor Søren Molin, Professor Karsten Wedel Jacobsen and Professor Viggo Tvergaard.

H.C. Ørsted lecture by Professor Zoubin Ghahramani, Monday, April 24 at 14:00

Title: Probabilistic Machine Learning:  Artificial Intelligence and the Automation of the Data Sciences

How can a machine learn from experience? Probabilistic modelling provides a mathematical framework for understanding what learning is, and has therefore emerged as one of the principal approaches for designing computer algorithms that learn from data acquired through experience.  The field of machine learning underpins recent advances in artificial intelligence, and data science, and has the potential to play an important role in scientific data analysis. I will highlight some current areas of research at the frontiers of machine learning, including our project on developing an Automatic Statistician.

Technical University of Denmark, Building 303A, Auditorium 42, Asmussens Allé, Kongens Lyngby


Previous Ørsted Lecturers

  • Professor Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Collège de France, Nobel Laureate in Physics

  • Professor Ivar Giaever, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Nobel Laureate in Physics

  • Professor Paul F. Hoffman, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Harvard University

  • Professor Dr. Leroy Hood, William Gates III Professor, Institute of Systems Biology

  • Professor, Sir Harold Kroto, University of Sussex, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

  • Professor Hugo de Man, Catholic University of Leuven

  • Professor, Sir Roger Penrose, University of Oxford

  • Professor Julius Rebek, Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology

  • Professor Cees Dekker, Nanophysics, TU Delft

  • Professor Subra Suresh, Materials Science and Biological Engineering, MIT

  • Professor Peter Greenberg, Microbiology, University of Washington

  • Honorary Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas, University of Cambridge

  • Professor Ahmed Zewail, Caltech, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

  • Professor Nathan S. Lewis, Chemistry, Caltech

  • Professor, Ph.D. Sajeev John, Photonic Band Gap Materials, University of Toronto

  • Professor Howard A. Stone, Fluid Mechanics, Princeton University

  • Professor Lene Vestergaard Hau, Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University

  • Professor Stanley N. Cohen, Stanford University School of Medicine

  • Professor Juan de Pablo, Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • Professor Mario Molina, University of California, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

  • Professor Michael Grätzel, Basic Science Faculty, EPFL

  • Dr. John E.P. Connerney, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

  • Professor James R. Rice, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University

  • Professor Ada Yonath, Weizmann Institute, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

  • Professor H. Jeff Kimble, Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, Caltech

  • Professor Robert Samuel Langer, Langer Lab, MIT, USA

  • Professor George M. Whitesides, Whitesides Research Group, Harvard University

  • Dr. Frank S. Bates, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Professor H. Jeff Kimble

Strong Atom-Photon Interactions in Nano-Photonic Lattices


18. september 2014

Professor James R. Rice

Mechanics on our planet:
Ice sheets, Earthquakes, Hydraulic fractures

1. november 2013

Dr. John E.P. Connerney

Mars Crustal Magnetism: Through the Lens Sharply


12. marts 2013

Professor Michael Grätzel

Nanostructured Photosystems for the Generation of Electricity and Fuels from Sunlight

26. oktober 2012

Professor Mario Molina

The Science and Policy of Climate Change


12. juni 2012

Professor Juan de Pablo

Directed Self Assembly at the Nano Scale, and its Relevance in Modern Engineering

1.november 2011

Professor Stanley N. Cohen

Drug Resistant Microbes: New Approaches to an Old Problem


18.maj 2011

Professor Lene Hau

Quantum control of light and matter - from the macroscopic to the nanoscale

16. september 2010