Talk by Prof. Ivor Tsang (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

Tue, 08 May 2018 10:30 - 12:00

RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP)

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Prof. Ivor Tsang (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

An End-to-End Sparse Coding

The iterative hard-thresholding algorithm (ISTA) is one of the most popular optimization solvers to achieve sparse codes. However, ISTA suffers from following problems: 1) ISTA employs non-adaptive updating strategy to learn the parameters on each dimension with a fixed learning rate. Such a strategy may lead to inferior performance due to the scarcity of diversity; 2) ISTA does not incorporate the historical information into the updating rules, and the historical information has been proven helpful to speed up the convergence. To address these challenging issues, we propose a novel formulation of ISTA (named as adaptive ISTA) by introducing a novel adaptive momentum vector. To efficiently solve the proposed adaptive ISTA, we recast it as a recurrent neural network unit and show its connection with the well-known long short term memory (LSTM) model. With a new proposed unit, we present a neural network (termed SC2Net) to achieve sparse codes in an end-to-end manner. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of the first works to bridge the `1-solver and LSTM, and may provide novel insights in understanding model-based optimization and LSTM. Extensive experiments show the effectiveness of our method on both unsupervised and supervised tasks.

Professor Ivor W Tsang is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Artificial Intelligence, at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is also the Research Director of the UTS Priority Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAI). His research focuses on transfer learning, feature selection, big data analytics for data with extreme dimensions in samples, features and labels, and their applications to computer vision and pattern recognition. He has more than 160 research papers published in top-tier journal and conference papers, including the prestigious Journal of Machine Learning Research and IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. According to Google Scholar, his H-index is 48. In 2009, Prof Tsang was conferred the 2008 Natural Science Award (Class II) by Ministry of Education, China, which recognized his contributions to kernel methods. In 2013, Prof Tsang received his prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship for his research regarding Machine Learning on Big Data. In addition, he had received the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding 2004 Paper Award in 2007, the 2014 IEEE Transactions on Multimedia Prize Paper Award, and a number of best paper awards and honors from reputable international conferences, including the Best Student Paper Award at CVPR 2010.

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