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Workshop
Modeling and decision-making in the spatiotemporal domain
Ransalu Senanayake · Neal Jean · Fabio Ramos · Girish Chowdhary

Fri Dec 07 05:00 AM -- 03:30 PM (PST) @ Room 513 ABC
Event URL: https://sites.google.com/site/nips18spatiotemporal/ »

Friday, December 07, 2018 at Room 513ABC

Abstract: Understanding the evolution of a process over space and time is fundamental to a variety of disciplines. To name a few, such phenomena that exhibit dynamics in both space and time include propagation of diseases, variations in air pollution, dynamics in fluid flows, and patterns in neural activity. In addition to these fields in which modeling the nonlinear evolution of a process is the focus, there is also an emerging interest in decision-making and controlling of autonomous agents in the spatiotemporal domain. That is, in addition to learning what actions to take, when and where to take actions is crucial for an agent to efficiently and safely operate in dynamic environments. Although various modeling techniques and conventions are used in different application domains, the fundamental principles remain unchanged. Automatically capturing the dependencies between spatial and temporal components, making accurate predictions into the future, quantifying the uncertainty associated with predictions, real-time performance, and working in both big data and data scarce regimes are some of the key aspects that deserve our attention. Establishing connections between Machine Learning and Statistics, this workshop aims at;
(1) raising open questions on challenges of spatiotemporal modeling and decision-making,
(2) establishing connections among diverse application domains of spatiotemporal modeling, and
(3) encouraging conversation between theoreticians and practitioners to develop robust predictive models.

Keywords
Theory: deep learning/convolutional LSTM, kernel methods, chaos theory, reinforcement learning for dynamic environments, dynamic policy learning, biostatistics,
epidemiology, geostatistcs, climatology, neuroscience, etc.
Applications:
Natural phenomena: disease propagation and outbreaks, environmental monitoring, climate modeling, etc.
Social and economics: predictive policing, population mapping, poverty mapping, food resources, agriculture, etc.
Engineering/robotics: active data collection, traffic modeling, motion prediction, fluid dynamics, spatiotemporal prediction for safe autonomous driving, etc.


Web: https://sites.google.com/site/nips18spatiotemporal/

Author Information

Ransalu Senanayake (The University of Sydney)

I am a Computer Science PhD student at the University of Sydney specializing in Machine Learning and Robotics.

Neal Jean (Stanford University)
Fabio Ramos (University of Sydney)
Girish Chowdhary (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)

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