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Machine Learning Seminar

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Larry Carin
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Machine Learning Seminar

Machine Learning - Larry Carin

Title: Variational Autoencoder for Deep Learning of Images, Labels and Captions
Abstract: A novel variational autoencoder is developed to model images, as well as associated labels or captions. The Deep Generative Deconvolutional Network (DGDN) is used as a decoder of the latent image features, and a deep Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) is used as an image encoder; the CNN is used to approximate a distribution for the latent DGDN features/code. The latent code is also linked to generative models for labels (Bayesian support vector machine) or captions (recurrent neural network). When predicting a label/caption for a new image at test, averaging is performed across the distribution of latent codes; this is computationally efficient as a consequence of the learned CNN-based encoder. Since the framework is capable of modeling the image in the presence/absence of associated labels/captions, a new semi-supervised setting is manifested for CNN learning with images; the framework even allows unsupervised CNN learning, based on images alone. Several example state-of-the-art results are presented on large-scale datasets.

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