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Distinguished Speaker Series – Andreas Krause

Title: Towards Safe Reinforcement Learning Speaker:  Andreas Krause Abstract: Reinforcement learning has seen stunning empirical breakthroughs. At its heart is the challenge of trading exploration -- collecting data for learning better models -- and exploitation -- using the estimate to make decisions. In many applications, however, exploration is a potentially dangerous proposition,...
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Distinguished Speaker Series – Honglak Lee

Title: Deep Architectures for Visual Reasoning, Multimodal Learning, and Decision-Making Speaker:  Honglak Lee Abstract: Over the recent years, deep learning has emerged as a powerful method for learning feature representations from complex input data, and it has been greatly successful in computer vision, speech recognition, and language modeling. While many deep learning algorithms...
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Distinguished Speaker Series – Pedro Domingos

Title: Sum-Product Networks: The Next Generation of Deep Models Speaker:  Pedro Domingos Abstract: The two main types of deep learning are function approximation and probability estimation. Function approximators like convolutional neural networks are robust and allow for real-time inference, but are very inflexible, requiring fixed inputs and outputs and detailed supervision. Probability estimators...
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Distinguished Speaker Series – Kevin Leyton-Brown

Title: Incentive Auctions and Spectrum Repacking Speaker:  Kevin Leyton-Brown Abstract:  This talk will discuss the FCC’s “incentive auction”, which proposes to give television broadcasters an opportunity to sell their broadcast rights, to repack remaining broadcasters into a smaller block of spectrum, and to resell the freed airwaves to telecom companies. The...
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Distinguished Speaker Series- Subramanian Ramamoorthy

Title: Representations and Models for Collaboratively Intelligent Robots Speaker:  Subramanian Ramamoorthy Abstract: We are motivated by the problem of building autonomous robots that are able to work collaboratively with other agents, such as human co-workers. One attribute of such an autonomous system is the ability to make predictions about the actions and intentions...
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Distinguished Speaker Series – Raymond Mooney

Title: Generating Natural-Language Video Descriptions using LSTM Recurrent Neural Networks Speaker:  Raymond Mooney Abstract: We present a method for automatically generating English sentences describing short videos using deep neural networks. Specifically, we apply convolutional and Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) recurrent networks to translate videos to English descriptions using an encoder/decoder framework. A...
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Craig Boutilier

Title: Addressing the Practical Challenges of Group Decision Support in a Data-rich World Speaker:  Craig Boutilier Abstract: In a variety of social, business, political and economic contexts, decision making often involves groups of people or multiple stakeholders. Automated decision support for groups is considerably more difficult than for a single stakeholder since it requires aggregating the preferences...
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