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Michael Witbrock

  • Ph.D.
  • Professor
  • The University of Auckland
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Recent publications

  • Team SRI-Sarnoff's AURORA system @ TRECVID 2011

    • Cheng H
    • Tamrakar A
    • Ali S
    • et al.
  • Project halo towards a Digital Aristotle

    • Friedland N
    • Allen P
    • Matthews G
    • et al.

Professional experience


The University of Auckland

March 2019 - Present

Distinguished Research Staff Member

IBM Research

May 2016 - March 2019(3 years)



Carnegie Mellon

August 1986 - May 1996(10 years)

BSc Hons

University of Otago

January 1982 - January 1985(3 years)


The Broad AI Lab at The University of Auckland’s School of Computer science intends to lead in learning-based general artificial intelligence, with a focus on complex problem solving with Natural Language (NL); this is a very challenging area of AI research, with high potential commercial impact. We will combine the current Deep Learning revolution in AI with techniques derived from symbolic AI to give computers the powers of understanding and integration. While our long-term goal of human level understanding and reasoning is challenging, near-term advances in understanding text, diagrams and tables so they can be automatically repurposed and combined to answer questions are in reach and could be readily ommercialised. Along with its focus on fundamental AI research, the Broad AI lab will be focussed on ensuring that the emergence of general AI is as beneficial as possible for NZ society, and human civilisation.


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