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  • Deep Learning Study Group
  • Deep Learning Seminars. Several seminars are organised around Machine Learning in general, and Deep Learning in specific, within the DTIC Seminars, hosting activities of the BCN Machine Learning Study Group or organised ad-hoc. Unless explicitly stated, they are open to anybody interested in joining, and often recorded.

Past seminars and associated materials

Deep Learning Study Group

- 2018 - new edition led by Carina Silberer and Jeremy Barnes (Dept. Language Sciences)

June 12, 16:00h, room 52.201. Jeremy Barnes, Unsupervised Machine Translation ()

- 2016-17

Deep Learning and Data Science Seminars

  • 14/03/2018 12:30h, auditorium

The statistical foundations of learning to control. Ben Recht (University of California, Berkeley)

Given the dramatic successes in machine learning and reinforcement learning over the past half decade, there has been a resurgence of interest in applying these techniques to continuous control problems in robotics, self-driving cars, and unmanned aerial vehicles.  Though such control applications appear to be straightforward generalizations of standard reinforcement learning, few fundamental baselines have been established prescribing how well one must know a system in order to control it.  In this talk, I will discuss how one might merge techniques from statistical learning theory with robust control to derive such baselines for such continuous control.  I will explore several examples that balance parameter identification against controller design and demonstrate finite sample tradeoffs between estimation fidelity and desired control performance.  I will describe how these simple baselines give us insights into shortcomings of existing reinforcement learning methodology.  I will close by listing several exciting open problems that must be solved before we can build robust, safe learning systems that interact with an uncertain physical environment.

Biography: Benjamin Recht is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Ben's research group studies the theory and practice of optimization algorithms with a focus on applications in machine learning and data analysis. They are particularly interested in busting machine learning myths and establishing baselines for data analysis. Ben is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the 2012 SIAM/MOS Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization, the 2014 Jamon Prize, the 2015 William O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research, and the NIPS Test of Time Award.

  • 15/06/2017 12:30h, room 55.410 (DTIC-UPF Invited Seminars)

Music and Art with Machine Learning. Generative Models of Drawing and Sound. Douglas Eck, Google

I'll give an overview talk about Magenta, a project investigating music and art generation using deep learning and reinforcement learning. I'll discuss some of the goals of Magenta and how it fits into the general trend of AI moving into our daily lives. I'll talk about two specific recent projects. First I'll discuss our research on Teaching Machines to Draw with SketchRNN, a LSTM recurrent neural network able to construct stroke-based drawings of common objects. SketchRNN is trained on thousands of crude human-drawn images representing hundreds of classes. Second I'll talk about NSynth, a deep neural network that learns to make new musical instruments via a WaveNet-style temporal autoencoder. Trained on hundreds of thousands of musical notes, the model learns to generalize in the space of musical timbres, allowing musicians to explore new sonic spaces such as sounds that exist somewhere between a bass guitar and a flute. This will be a high-level overview talk with no need for prior knowledge of machine learning models such as LSTM or WaveNet.

Short bio

Doug is a Research Scientist at Google leading Magenta, a Google Brain project working to generate music, video, image and text using deep learning and reinforcement learning. A main goal of Magenta is to better understanding how AI can enable artists and musicians to express themselves in innovative new ways. Before Magenta, Doug led the Google Play Music search and recommendation team. From 2003 to 2010 Doug was an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Montreal's MILA Machine Learning lab, where he worked on expressive music performance and automatic tagging of music audio.

Machine learning, predict what you want. Ricardo Baeza, CTO CTENT and Prof. DTIC-UPF

  • 22/03/2017 19:00h, room 52.033 (BCN ML Study Group)

H20 Deep Water - Making Deep Learning Accessible to Everyone. Jo-fai, data scientist at H20.ai

More than words: Machine learning applied to Marketing. Cristina Aranda. Intelygenz & MujeresTech.

Machine learning in industry: textbooks vs real life. José A. Rodríguez. BBVA Big Data Research

  • 02/11/2016 19:00h (BCN ML study group). Room 52.023

What matters and what doesn't? The machine learning challenges in online adds. Nicolas le Roux, Criteo.

Data and Algorithmic Bias in the Web. Ricardo Baeza-Yates (NTENT & DTIC-UPF Web Research Group)

  • 15/06/2016, 19:00h (BCN ML study group)

Big Crisis Data - an exciting frontier for applied computing. Carlos Castillo, Director of Research for Data Mining, Eurecat (Video)

  • 13/06/2016, 11:00h (room 55.410). Internal seminar

Experimenting with Musically Motivated Convolutional Neural Networks General communication. Jordi Pons, Music Technology Group, DTIC-UPF

  • 24/05/2016, 19:00h (BCN ML study group)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Deep Learning. Joan Bruna, UC Berkeley (Video and slides)

  • 10/05/2016, 15:30h (DTIC Seminar)

Deep Learning for Transition-based Natural Language Processing. Miguel Ballesteros, Natural Language Processing (TALN) group, DTIC-UPF

  • 29/04/2016, 11:00h (GRIB at CEXS-UPF Seminar)

Incremental Unsupervised Training of Deep Architectures. Davide Maltoni, University of Bologna

  • 25/04/2016, 15:30h (room 55.230, internal DTIC-UPF seminar)

Deep learning for learning optimal controllers. Vicenç Gómez, Artificial Intelligence group, DTIC-UPF

Suggested reading:

Real-Time Stochastic Optimal Control for Multi-agent Quadrotor Systems

  • 03/03/2016, 15:30h (DTIC Seminars)

Deep Learning. Alexandros Karatzoglou, Telefónica Research

  • 26/02/2016, 11:00h (GRIB at CEXS-UPF Seminar)

Deep Neural Networks and Reinforcement Learning for Building Intelligent Machines. Silvia Chiappa, Google Deep Mind, UK.

  • 25/02/2016, 19:00h (BCN ML Study Group)

Lessons Learned from Building Real-Life ML Systems. Xavier Amatriain, Quora. (Video)