Students from the First Turing Class Publish Paper on ICLR 2019, the Top Conference in Deep Learning


2016 Turing Class students Peng Cao and Yilun Xu published: Max-MIG: an information theoretic approach for joint learning from crowds on ICLR 2019 as co-first authors. Instructors are Yuqing Kong, assistant professor of the Center on Frontiers of Computing Studies (CFCS), Peking University, and Professor Yizhou Wang, Deputy Director of CFCS.


They propose an information theoretic approach, Max-MIG, for joint learning from crowds, with a common assumption: the crowdsourced labels and the data are independent conditioning on the ground truth. Max-MIG simultaneously aggregates the crowdsourced labels and learns an accurate data classifier. Furthermore, they devise an accurate data-crowds forecaster that employs both the data and the crowdsourced labels to forecast the ground truth. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first algorithm that solves the aforementioned challenge of learning from crowds. In addition to the theoretical validation, we also empirically show that our algorithm achieves the new state-of-the-art results in most settings, including the real-world data, and is the first algorithm that is robust to various information.






The International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) is the premier gathering of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the branch of artificial intelligence called representation learning, but generally referred as deep learning. ICLR is globally renowned for presenting and publishing cutting-edge research on all aspects of deep learning used in the fields of artificial intelligence, statistics and data science, as well as important application areas such as machine vision, computational biology, speech recognition, text understanding, gaming, and robotics. ICLR is one of the fastest growing artificial intelligence conferences in the world. From May 6 to May 9, 2019, ICLR 2019 will be hosted at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, with over 4,000 participants. Participants at ICLR span a wide range of backgrounds, from academic and industrial researchers, to entrepreneurs and engineers, to graduate students and postdocs.


The rapidly developing field of deep learning is concerned with questions surrounding how we can best learn meaningful and useful representations of data. ICLR takes a broad view of the field and includes topics such as feature learning, metric learning, compositional modeling, structured prediction, reinforcement learning, and issues regarding large-scale learning and non-convex optimization.


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