Portrait of Max Welling

Max Welling

Distinguished Scientist, Microsoft Research AI4Science


Prof. Dr. Max Welling is a Distinguished Scientist within Microsoft Research (MSR) AI4Science, based in Amsterdam. He is also a full professor and research chair in machine learning at the University of Amsterdam where he directs the research group AMLAB. He is a fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and the European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) where he serves on the founding board. His previous appointments include VP at Qualcomm Technologies, professor at UC Irvine, postdoc at U. Toronto and UCL under supervision of prof. Geoffrey Hinton, and postdoc at Caltech under supervision of prof. Pietro Perona. He finished his PhD in theoretical high energy physics under supervision of Nobel laureate prof. Gerard ‘t Hooft.

Max has served as associate editor in chief of IEEE TPAMI from 2011-2015, he serves on the advisory board of the NeurIPS foundation since 2015 and has been program chair and general chair of NeurIPS in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He was also program chair of AISTATS in 2009 and ECCV in 2016 and general chair and co-founder of MIDL 2018. Max Welling is recipient of the ECCV Koenderink Prize in 2010 and the ICML Test of Time award in 2021.

Max is co-author on a number of influential papers that introduced Variational Autoencoders, Graph Neural Networks and Equivariant Neural Networks in the machine learning community.