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Seminar: Learning to Learn More with Less

Yuxiong Wang: Postdoc, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Event Details

Thursday, March 12, 2020
4-5 p.m.

Abstract: Understanding how humans and machines learn from few examples remains a fundamental challenge. Humans are remarkably able to grasp a new concept from just few examples, or learn a new skill from just few trials. By contrast, state-of-the-art machine learning techniques typically require thousands of training examples and often break down if the training sample set is too small.

In this talk, I will discuss our efforts towards endowing visual learning systems with few-shot learning ability. Our key insight is that the visual world is well structured and highly predictable not only in feature spaces but also in under-explored data and model spaces. Such structures and regularities enable the systems to learn how to learn new tasks rapidly by reusing previous experiences. I will focus on a few topics to demonstrate how to leverage this idea of learning to learn, or meta-learning, to address a broad range of few-shot learning tasks: task-oriented generative modeling and meta-learning in model space. I will also discuss some ongoing work towards building machines that are able to operate in highly dynamic and open environments, making intelligent and independent decisions based on insufficient information.

Bio: Yuxiong Wang is a postdoctoral fellow in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Martial Hebert in 2018. His research interests lie in computer vision, machine learning, and robotics, with a particular focus on few-shot learning and meta-learning. He has spent time at Facebook AI Research (FAIR).