Martin Ferianc

Martin Ferianc

PhD student at University College London

University College London


Martin obtained an MEng in Electronic and Information Engineering from Imperial College London, London, UK in 2015. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. His research interests include Bayesian neural networks, deep learning , hardware acceleration and confidence calibration. He has hands-on experience from industrial/academic placements in different countries.

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  • Machine Learning
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Hardware Optimisation
  • Real-world Deployment of Machine Learning Systems
  • Edge AI
  • Computer Vision
  • Confidence Calibration
  • PhD in Electornic and Electrical Engineering, 2019-

    University College London

  • MEng in Electronic and Information Engineering, 2015-2019

    Imperial College London

Industrial Experience

Machine Learning Consultant
Oct 2023 – Jan 2024 London, United Kingdom
Designed and delivered a learnable recommendation system for a customer and business-agnostic discount optimisation
Applied Science Research Intern
Jul 2022 – Nov 2022 Berlin, Germany
Continual learning, in the domain of computer vision and natural language processing, to reduce resource costs in model retraining on new data
Research Scientist Intern
Jul 2021 – Nov 2021 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Structured neural network compression for real-world deployment on embedded devices for computer vision applications through causal inference
Machine Learning Consultant
Jun 2020 – Jun 2020 London, United Kingdom
Delivered an end-to-end machine learning pipeline for CT scans segmentation to an industrial healthcare client
Machine Learning/AI Advisor
Nov 2019 – Jan 2021 London/Bratislava, United Kingdom/Slovakia
Advising and evaluating implementations of time-series data classification and regression from medical records
Machine Learning Researcher
Jul 2020 – Oct 2020 (Virtual) Cambridge, United Kingdom
Investigation into combining variational inference with quantisation for hardware-efficient Bayesian neural networks
AI Toolchain Researcher
Apr 2018 – Oct 2018 Shenzhen/London, China/United Kingdom
Contributed to Tensorflow-to-Verilog compiler for a streaming engine on an FPGA to accelerate convolutional neural networks for face detection
Software Engineer & Consultant Summer Intern
Jul 2016 – Sep 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia
Automated processing of data from smart-electrometers into SAP systems that improved the initially manual processing time from hours to seconds


  • Teaching

    • Teaching Assistant in Integrated Machine Learning Systems: Emerging Topics at UCL, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

    • Co-Lecturer in Foundations of Machine Learning and Data Science at UCL, Department of Information Studies

    • Co-Lecturer in Introduction to Machine Learning, a Masterclass at UCL, Department of Pharmacology

      • Spring 2020
    • Teaching Assistant at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, on behalf of UCL and the Alan Turing Institute

      • February 2020/November 2020
    • Teaching assistant at OxML Summer school

      • Summer 2020
    • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Machine Learning at UCL, Department of Information Studies

    • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for Programming 2 at UCL, Department of Information Studies

    • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Computer Architecture at Imperial College London, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

      • Autumn 2017/Autumn 2018: link
    • Teaching assistant at PAPAA Summer School

      • Summer 2018
  • Service

    • Reviewer:

      • IEEE Transactions for Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS)
      • IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing (JSTSP)
      • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I (TCAS-I)
      • IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (TIP)
      • IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters (SSC-L)
      • IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC)
      • AISTATS 2024
      • UAI 2024
      • IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation 2023 (MED)
      • Efficient Deep Learning for Computer Vision (CVPR Workshop) 2023
      • Workshop on Structured Probabilistic Inference & Generative Modeling (ICML Workshop) 2023
      • Workshop on Spurious Correlations, Invariance, and Stability (ICML Workshop) 2023
      • Workshop on Causal Representation Learning (NeurIPS Workshop) 2023
      • IEEE International Symposium on Embedded Multicore/Many-core Systems-on-Chip 2023
      • International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks 2021 (ICANN)
    • Program committee member:

      • International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks 2023 (ICANN)
      • International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks 2022 (ICANN)
    • Mentor:

      • Growni: Remote counselling to self-driven high-school students from university alumni
    • Organiser:

      • Weekly Machine learning reading group at UCL EE Department (~25 people, 2023)


Awards and Honours

  • 2017

    • 2017 Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme Award, Imperial College London

    • 2017 Študenti do sveta Scholarship

    • 2017 Forbes Slovakia 30 under 30

  • 2016

    • 2016 Winners of PA Consulting Group Video Challenge

    • 2016 Finalists of Social Impact Award

    • 2016 Finalists of HSBC Grow Your Future

    • 2016 First prize at 2016 CISCO Switch-up Challenge

  • 2015

    • 2015 National Representative at Expo in Milan, Italy

    • 2015 Third place at Unilever Sustainability Challenge

  • 2014

    • 2014 Diploma of St. Gorazd

    • 2014 National Representative at Expo Sciences Europe

    • 2014 Gold Medal and a Special Award at I-SWEEEP

    • 2014 Ambassador of Youth

    • 2014 Award of the Rector of Paneuropean University in Bratislava

    • 2014 Stredoškoláci do sveta Scholarship

    • 2014 Green Fond Project Grant

  • 2013

    • 2013 Award of the Comenius University for the Best Science Project

    • 2013 Diploma of St. Gorazd

    • 2013 Silver medal at the Austrian Young Physicist Tournament

    • 2013 Third place at CEMACH

Media appearances


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(2024). Navigating Noise: A Study of How Noise Influences Generalisation and Calibration of Neural Networks. Transactions on Machine Learning Research.

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(2023). An Online Learning Method for Microgrid Energy Management Control. 2023 31st Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED).

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(2023). Impact of Noise on Calibration and Generalisation of Neural Networks. ICML 2023 Workshop on Spurious Correlations, Invariance, and Stability.

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(2023). MIMMO: Multi-Input Massive Multi-Output Neural Network. Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition.

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(2023). Renate: A library for real-world continual learning. 2023 Continual Learning in Computer Vision (CLCV) workshop at CVPR 2023.

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(2022). Simple Regularisation for Uncertainty-Aware Knowledge Distillation. ICML 2022 Workshop on Distribution-Free Uncertainty Quantification.

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(2022). Accelerating Bayesian Neural Networks via Algorithmic and Hardware Optimizations. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems.


(2022). FPGA-based Acceleration for Bayesian Convolutional Neural Networks. IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems.


(2022). Algorithm and Hardware Co-design for Reconfigurable CNN Accelerator. 2022 27th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC).


(2022). Enabling fast uncertainty estimation: accelerating bayesian transformers via algorithmic and hardware optimizations. Proceedings of the 59th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference.

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(2021). High-Performance FPGA-based Accelerator for Bayesian Neural Networks. 2021 58th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC).


(2021). Optimizing Bayesian Recurrent Neural Networks on an FPGA-based Accelerator. 2021 International Conference on Field-Programmable Technology (ICFPT).


(2021). Toward Full-Stack Acceleration of Deep Convolutional Neural Networks on FPGAs. IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems.


(2021). ComBiNet: Compact Convolutional Bayesian Neural Network for Image Segmentation. Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning – ICANN 2021.

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(2021). Improving Performance Estimation for Design Space Exploration for Convolutional Neural Network Accelerators. Electronics.

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(2021). On Causal Inference for Data-free Structured Pruning. The AAAI-22 Workshop on Information-Theoretic Methods for Causal Inference and Discovery.

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(2021). On the effects of quantisation on model uncertainty in Bayesian neural networks. Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence.

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(2021). VINNAS: Variational Inference-based Neural Network Architecture Search. arXiv pre-print.

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(2020). Optimizing FPGA-Based CNN Accelerator Using Differentiable Neural Architecture Search. 2020 IEEE 38th International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD).


(2020). Improving Performance Estimation for FPGA-Based Accelerators for Convolutional Neural Networks. Applied Reconfigurable Computing. Architectures, Tools, and Applications.

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(2019). Static Block Floating-Point Quantization for Convolutional Neural Networks on FPGA. 2019 International Conference on Field-Programmable Technology (ICFPT).


(2019). F-E3D: FPGA-based Acceleration of an Efficient 3D Convolutional Neural Network for Human Action Recognition. 2019 IEEE 30th International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures and Processors (ASAP).


(2018). A Real-Time Object Detection Accelerator with Compressed SSDLite on FPGA. 2018 International Conference on Field-Programmable Technology (FPT).


Open Source Projects

  • YAMLE - Creator

    • YAMLE: Yet Another Machine Learning Environment facilitates rapid prototyping and experimentation with machine learning models and methods

  • Renate - Founding Contributor

    • Continual learning with hyperparameter tuning, model selection after each update, and a variety of continual learning strategies

  • OL-EMS - Founding Contributor

    • Online learning control algorithms specialising in energy management systems