Maties Machine Learning (MML) is a seminar series and discussion forum with the goal of bringing together people working on machine learning at Stellenbosch University. We meet roughly every second week for short talks on people’s current work, some ML-related topic, or open discussions. The idea is to get to know what others are working on and to strengthen machine learning research at Stellenbosch.

Upcoming talks


25 September 2020, 13:00-13:50 via MS Teams (link will be emailed)

Jason Fourie (from DataProphet) - The Fascinating Math Behind UMAP

This talk will explain and visualise the geometry and topology that underlie the UMAP dimensionality reduction algorithm.


9 October 2020, 13:00-13:50 via MS Teams (link will be emailed)

Charl van Heerden (from SAIgen)


16 October 2020, 13:00-13:50 via MS Teams (link will be emailed)

Ulrich Paquet (from DeepMind)


23 October 2020, 13:00-13:50 via MS Teams (link will be emailed)

Student spotlights:

  • Neil Burger
  • Stefan Strydom
  • Murray Louw
  • Kayode Olaleye

6 November, 13:00-13:50 via MS Teams (link will be emailed)

  • Willem Jordaan
  • Rensu Theart