Dataset Augmentation in Feature Space - Graham Taylor

Dataset augmentation, the practice of applying a wide array of domain-specific transformations to synthetically expand a training set, is a standard tool in supervised learning. While effective in tasks such as visual recognition, the set of transformations must be carefully designed, implemented, and tested for every new domain, limiting its re-use and generality. In this talk, I will describe recent methods that transform data not in input space, but in a feature space found by unsupervised learning. We start with data points mapped to a learned feature space and apply simple transformations such as adding noise, interpolating, or extrapolating between them. Working in the space of context vectors generated by sequence-to-sequence recurrent neural networks, this simple and domain-agnostic technique is demonstrated to be effective for both static and sequential data.

Bio: Graham Taylor is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph where he leads the Machine Learning Research Group. He is a member of the Vector Insitute for Artificial Intelligence and is an Azrieli Global Scholar with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2009, where he was advised by Geoffrey Hinton and Sam Roweis. He spent two years as a postdoc at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University working with Chris Bregler, Rob Fergus, and Yann LeCun.

Dr. Taylor's research focuses on statistical machine learning, with an emphasis on deep learning and sequential data. Much of his work has focused on "seeing people" in images and video, for example, activity and gesture recognition, pose estimation, emotion recognition, and biometrics.

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Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:00 to 12:30
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