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Workshop
Reliable Machine Learning in the Wild
Dylan Hadfield-Menell · Adrian Weller · David Duvenaud · Jacob Steinhardt · Percy Liang

Thu Dec 08 11:00 PM -- 09:30 AM (PST) @ Room 113
Event URL: https://sites.google.com/site/wildml2016nips/?pli=1 »

When will a system that has performed well in the past continue to do so in the future? How do we design such systems in the presence of novel and potentially adversarial input distributions? What techniques will let us safely build and deploy autonomous systems on a scale where human monitoring becomes difficult or infeasible? Answering these questions is critical to guaranteeing the safety of emerging high stakes applications of AI, such as self-driving cars and automated surgical assistants. This workshop will bring together researchers in areas such as human-robot interaction, security, causal inference, and multi-agent systems in order to strengthen the field of reliability engineering for machine learning systems. We are interested in approaches that have the potential to provide assurances of reliability, especially as systems scale in autonomy and complexity. We will focus on four aspects — robustness (to adversaries, distributional shift, model mis-specification, corrupted data); awareness (of when a change has occurred, when the model might be mis-calibrated, etc.); adaptation (to new situations or objectives); and monitoring (allowing humans to meaningfully track the state of the system). Together, these will aid us in designing and deploying reliable machine learning systems.

Author Information

Dylan Hadfield-Menell (UC Berkeley)
Adrian Weller (University of Cambridge)

Adrian Weller is Programme Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for data science and AI, where he is also a Turing Fellow leading work on safe and ethical AI. He is a Principal Research Fellow in Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge, and at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence where he is Programme Director for Trust and Society. His interests span AI, its commercial applications and helping to ensure beneficial outcomes for society. He serves on several boards including the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. Previously, Adrian held senior roles in finance.

David Duvenaud (University of Toronto)
Jacob Steinhardt (UC Berkeley)
Percy Liang (Stanford University)

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