Rene Bidart

Rene Bidart

PhD Candidate

University of Waterloo

Biography

Today

PhD Candidate in Systems Design Engineering supervised by Alexander Wong. Working on unsupervised learning.

Future

I’ll be working as an applied research scientist at Amazon in Vancouver this summer.

Background

math -> economics -> statistics -> medical imaging -> deep learning

Recently did internship at Shell Street labs using deep learning for finance, and still have some leftover interest in economics.

During Master’s in Statistics I worked on deep learning for cancerous cell detection, and presented it at SPIE medical imaging conference. I started my PhD on this topic before realizing that algorithms weren’t the bottleneck in here.

In undergrad I studied math and economics at Carleton University, and after graduating worked at the Bank of Canada for a year, on oversight of financial market infrastructure. Between that and the university courses I became fed up with economics, and switched to something more practical.

Interests

  • Deep Learning
  • Economics

Education

  • PhD in Deep Learning, current

    University of Waterloo

  • Master's Statistics, 2017

    University of Waterloo

  • BMath in Math/Economics, 2015

    Carleton University

Recent Posts

Is Bitcoin in a Bubble?

It is closer to the moon than 2017, so are we headed for another crash? Today is different. There is a huge price rise but not the same level of retail interest.

The Straussian Moment - Peter Thiel (pdf)

The Straussian Moment - Peter Thiel (pdf) This was strangely hard to find and only available as pictures on Evernote, so I uploaded it as a searchable PDF. Peter Robinson also has a great interview with Thiel on his essay.

How Economic Development Happens - Synthesis of Competition and Command

I wondered about economic development since I was a kid, but the answers in economics were always unsatisfying. 18 year old me went to economics class to discover the mysteries of the world but was confronted with the Solow growth model.

Money Multiplier is Bullshit

Undergraduate economics commonly teaches that banks take in deposits and lend these out, increasing the money supply. This is wrong. The incorrect depiction of a fractional reserve banking system has caused widespread confusion, with some people thinking of it as a strange conspiracy, and is a staple of paranoid ramblings on Facebook.

Keeping up with Deep Learning Research

When I started my PhD I was overwhelmed trying to keep up with new research. Trying to read everything will take forever, but by not reading enough we risk rediscovering old ideas, or doing unimportant work.