Yuhong Guo, School of Computer Science
Carleton University

The need for annotated data is a fundamental bottleneck in developing automated prediction systems. A key strategy for reducing the reliance on human annotation is to exploit generalized information transfer, where a limited data resource is augmented with labeled data collected from related sources. 

Vikas Garg, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In this talk I will describe our recent work on effectively using graph structured data. Specifically, I will discuss how to compress graphs to facilitate predictions, understand the capacity of algorithms operating on graphs, and how to infer interaction graphs so as to predict deliberative outcomes.

Renjie Liao, Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto

Graphs are ubiquitous in many domains like computer vision, natural language processing, computational chemistry, and computational social science. Although deep learning has achieved tremendous success, effectively handling graphs is still challenging due to their discrete and combinatorial structures. In this talk, I will discuss my recent work which improves deep learning on graphs from both modeling and algorithmic perspectives.

Han Zhao, Machine Learning Department
Carnegie Mellon University

The success of supervised machine learning in recent years crucially hinges on the availability of large-scale and unbiased data, which is often time-consuming and expensive to collect. Recent advances in deep learning focus on learning invariant representations that have found abundant applications in both domain adaptation and algorithmic fairness. However, it is not clear what price we have to pay in terms of task utility for such universal representations. In this talk, I will discuss my recent work on understanding and learning invariant representations. 

Lifu Huang, Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Who? What? When? Where? Why? are fundamental questions asked when gathering knowledge about and understanding a concept, topic, or event. The answers to these questions underpin the key information conveyed in the overwhelming majority, if not all, of language-based communication. Unfortunately, typical machine learning models and Information Extraction (IE) techniques heavily rely on human annotated data, which is usually very expensive and only available and compiled for very limited types or languages, rendering them incapable of dealing with information across various domains, languages, or other settings.

Steven Y. Feng
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

For conversational AI and virtual assistants to communicate with humans in a realistic way, they must exhibit human characteristics such as expression of emotion and personality. Current attempts toward constructing human-like dialogue agents have presented significant difficulties. 

Jacob Gardner, Research Scientist
Uber AI Labs

In recent years, machine learning has seen rapid advances with increasingly large scale and complex data modalities, including processing images, natural language and more. As a result, applications of machine learning have pervaded our lives to make them easier and more convenient. Buoyed by this success, we are approaching an era where machine learning will be used to autonomously make increasingly risky decisions that impact the physical world and risk life, limb, and property.

Dmitrii Marin, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Deep learning models generalize limitedly to new datasets and require notoriously large amounts of labeled data for training. The latter problem is exacerbated by the need of ensuring that trained models are accurate in large variety of image scenes. The diversity of images comes from combinatorial nature of real world scenes, occlusions, variations in lightning, acquisition methods, etc. Many rare images may have little chance to be included in a dataset, but are still very important, as they often represent situations where a recognition mistake has a high cost.