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Unsupervised Deep Learning
Alex Graves · Marc'Aurelio Ranzato

Mon Dec 03 08:00 AM -- 10:00 AM (PST) @ Room 220 CD

Unsupervised learning looks set to play an ever more important role for deep neural networks, both as a way of harnessing vast quantities of unlabelled data, and as a means of learning representations that can rapidly generalise to new tasks and situations. The central challenge is how to determine what the objective function should be, when by definition we do not have an explicit target in mind. One approach, which this tutorial will cover in detail, is simply to ‘predict everything’ in the data, typically with a probabilistic model, which can be seen through the lens of the Minimum Description Length principle as an effort to compress the data as compactly as possible. However, we will also survey a range of other techniques, including un-normalized energy-based models, self-supervised algorithms and purely generative models such as GANs. Time allowing, we will extend our discussion to the reinforcement learning setting, where the natural analogue of unsupervised learning is intrinsic motivation, and notions such as curiosity, empowerment and compression progress are invoked as drivers of learning.

Author Information

Alex Graves (Google DeepMind)

Alex Graves completed a BSc in Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh, Part III Maths at the University of Cambridge and a PhD in artificial intelligence at IDSIA with Jürgen Schmidhuber, followed by postdocs at the Technical University of Munich and with Geoff Hinton at the University of Toronto. He is now a research scientist at DeepMind. His contributions include the Connectionist Temporal Classification algorithm for sequence labelling (widely used for commercial speech and handwriting recognition), stochastic gradient variational inference, and the Neural Turing Machine / Differentiable Neural Computer architectures.

Marc'Aurelio Ranzato (Facebook)

Marc'Aurelio Ranzato is a research scientist and manager at the Facebook AI Research lab in New York City. His research interests are in the area of unsupervised learning, continual learning and transfer learning, with applications to vision, natural language understanding and speech recognition. Marc'Aurelio has earned a PhD in Computer Science at New York University under Yann LeCun's supervision. After a post-doc with Geoffrey Hinton at University of Toronto, he joined the Google Brain team in 2011. In 2013 he joined Facebook and was a founding member of the Facebook AI Research lab.

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