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AIC Seminar Series

Recent Directions in Machine Learning and AI

Sridhar MahadevanArtificial Intelligence Center, SRI International[Home Page]

Notice:  Introductory talk by the new Lab Director

Date:  Thursday, February 23rd 2017 at 4:00pm

Location:  EK255 (SRI E building)  (Directions)


WebEx recording (SRI WebEx access required):

Slides (SRI Wiki access required):

In this talk, I will briefly summarize recent trends in the field of machine learning and AI, drawing on examples from my recent research.

1) A longstanding approach to machine learning has been to view it as a geometric problem in Euclidean vector spaces. I will discuss how non-Euclidean manifold representations have had considerable success in machine learning, and illustrate manifold learning methods with two applications: analogical reasoning with continuous word representations, and transfer learning on Mars using data from Curiosity.

2) Gradient techniques have been used in machine learning for over five decades. I will describe a powerful new class of gradient methods, where weight updates are carried out not in the original space, but rather in a carefully chosen dual space. I will relate these new methods to concepts in optimization, such as proximal mappings and Bregman divergences. I will show how the use of dual space gradient methods led to the solution of a three-decade open problem in reinforcement learning on designing stable temporal difference methods.

3) Finally, since the 21st century increasingly involves cloud computing, I will briefly sketch out a vision for how many problems in AI and machine learning can be reformulated using a powerful equilibration framework, which generalizes the classical optimization based approach. I will begin with some new work that my students and I have just published on a deep learning model called GMAN (generalized multi-adversarial network), and then go over some examples of the use of this framework for next-generation Internet modeling, supply chain manufacturing, and health science applications.

   Bio for Sridhar Mahadevan

Professor Mahadevan (Ph.D., Computer Science, Rutgers University 1990) has been a professor at the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst since 2001. His research interests span several subfields of artificial intelligence and computer science, including machine learning, multi-agent systems, planning, perception, and robotics.

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