There was an author coming up a lot in the papers I read recently; and I think more importantly, he is one of the few (if not the only one) to have worked with both Hinton and Tenenbaum (two cognitive science / machine learning researchers I love. Yes, my love stories are weird).

I enjoyed those lectures a lot. He synthesises a lot of ideas together that are often found separately.

Kick-ass papers he authored/co-authored:

So much good stuff.