Omar Rivasplata

Omar Rivasplata

Incoming Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning

University of Manchester

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I am an incoming Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Machine Learning in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, where I will be a member of the Manchester Centre for AI Fundamentals.

For about the first half of 2024 I continue to be a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Statistical Science at University College London, where I lead the research group DELTA.

My work is on machine learning research. This field is fascinating! One of the things I enjoy most about it being the confluence of maths and stats, and computer science experiments, to answer research questions. Besides statistical learning I am interested also in other learning frameworks such as online learning and reinforcement learning, and of course deep learning, which is quite popular these days. It looks that optimisation is one pervasive theme across machine learning theory and practice, though it comes up in such a variety of flavours and colours that it isn’t boring. It reminds of the least action principle of Maupertuis, saying that “everything happens as if some quantity was to be made as small as possible.” (This principle has lead the optimists to believe that we live in the best possible world.) But just optimisation doesn’t quite do it for machine learning… to really be talking about learning one has to pay attention to generalisation!


  • Machine Learning
  • Statistical Learning Theory
  • Risk bounds, PAC-Bayes
  • Optimisation & Certification
  • Probabilistic Methods