Artificial Intelligence Seminar

Fall 2017
Friday 12:00-1:15
Gates Hall 122

http://www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/CS7790/2017fa/

 

The AI seminar will meet weekly for lectures by graduate students, faculty, and researchers emphasizing work-in-progress and recent results in AI research. Lunch will be served starting at noon, with the talks running between 12:15 and 1:15. The new format is designed to allow AI chit-chat before the talks begin. Also, we're trying to make some of the presentations less formal so that students and faculty will feel comfortable using the seminar to give presentations about work in progress or practice talks for conferences.

If you or others would like to be deleted or added from this announcement, please contact Jessie White at jsw332@cornell.edu.

 

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Speaker: Bharath Hariharan

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Title: Exploring visual reasoning using synthetic controlled datasets

Abstract: There has been a lot of recent work on visual question answering (VQA), where the goal is to get machines to answer arbitrary questions about images. It is assumed that solving this task requires not just understanding the content of the scene but also reasoning about the image and what the question asks. However, recent research has shown that simple baselines without reasoning do just as well as more sophisticated algorithms, perhaps because of subtle biases in the dataset. To control for these biases and to test different aspects of VQA systems in a controlled manner, we create a synthetic dataset with ground truth semantics for both the visual scene and the question, and show that on these datasets simple baselines predictably fail. We also identify weaknesses in state-of-the-art VQA systems. Further, we demonstrate that these weaknesses can be reduced by building reasoning into the architecture of these systems. In this talk, I will describe this work, its conclusions and caveats, and place it in the context of other contemporary and subsequent work.

Joint work with Justin Johnson at Stanford and colleagues at Stanford and FAIR.

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Friday, September 1st, 2017

Speaker: Justine Zhang

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Friday, September 8th, 2017

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Two student talks, 30 minutes each

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Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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Friday, September 29th, 2017

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Friday, October 6th, 2017

*Live-streamed remote talk*

Speaker: Ray Mooney, University of Texas at Austin

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Friday, October 13th, 2017

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Friday, October 20th, 2017

Speaker: Andrew Wilson

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Friday, October 27h, 2017

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Friday, November 17th, 2017

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Friday, November 24th, 2017

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Friday, December 1st, 2017

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See also the AI graduate study brochure.

Please contact any of the faculty below if you'd like to give a talk this semester. We especially encourage graduate students to sign up!

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CS7790, Fall '17

Erik Andersen
Yoav Artzi
Kavita Bala
Serge Belongie
Claire Cardie
Tanzeem Choudhury
Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil
Shimon Edelman
Carla Gomes
Joe Halpern
Haym Hirsh
Thorsten Joachims
Ross Knepper
Lillian Lee
David Mimno
Bart Selman
Karthik Sridharan
Kilian Weinberger
Ramin Zabih

Andrew Wilson

Madeleine Udell

Bharath Hariharan

 

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