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Learning "Common Sense" and Physical Concepts with Roland Memisevic - TWiML Talk #111

In today’s episode, I’m joined by Roland Memisevic, co-founder, CEO, and chief scientist at Twenty Billion Neurons. Roland joined me at the RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit in Montreal to discuss the work his company is doing to train deep neural networks to understand physical actions. In our conversation, we dig into video analysis and understanding, including how data-rich video can help us develop what Roland calls comparative understanding, or AI “common sense”. We briefly touch on the...


Trust in Human-Robot/AI Interactions with Ayanna Howard - TWiML Talk #110

In this episode, the third in our Black in AI series, I speak with Ayanna Howard, Chair of the Interactive School of Computing at Georgia Tech. Ayanna joined me for a lively discussion about her work in the field of human-robot interaction. We dig deep into a couple of major areas she’s active in that have significant implications for the way we design and use artificial intelligence, namly pediatric robotics and human-robot trust. That latter bit is particularly interesting, and Ayanna...


Data Science for Poaching Prevention and Disease Treatment with Nyalleng Moorosi - TWiML Talk #109

For today’s show, I'm joined by Nyalleng Moorosi, Senior Data Science Researcher at The Council for Scientific & Industrial Research or CSIR, in Pretoria, South Africa. In our discussion, we discuss two major projects that Nyalleng is apart of at the CSIR, one, a predictive policing use case, which focused on understanding and preventing rhino poaching in Kruger National Park, and the other, a healthcare use case which focuses on understanding the effects of a drug treatment that was...


Security and Safety in AI: Adversarial Examples, Bias and Trust w/ Moustapha Cissé - TWiML Talk #108

In this episode I’m joined by Moustapha Cissé, Research Scientist at Facebook AI Research Lab (or FAIR) Paris. Moustapha’s broad research interests include the security and safety of AI systems, and we spend some time discussing his work on adversarial examples and systems that are robust to adversarial attacks. More broadly, we discuss the role of bias in datasets, and explore his vision for models that can identify these biases and adjust the way they train themselves in order to avoid...


Peering into the Home w/'s Wifi Motion Analytics - TWiML Talk #107

In this episode I’m joined by Michel Allegue and Negar Ghourchian of Aerial is doing some really interesting things in the home automation space, by using wifi signal statistics to identify and understand what’s happening in our homes and office environments. Michel, the CTO, describes some of the capabilities of their platform, including its ability to detect not only people and pets within the home, but surprising characteristics like breathing rates and patterns. He also...


Physiology-Based Models for Fitness and Training w/ Firstbeat with Ilkka Korhonen - TWiML Talk #106

In this episode i'm joined by Ilkka Korhonen, Vice President of Technology at Firstbeat, a company whose algorithms are embedded in fitness watches from companies like Garmin and Suunto and which use your heartbeat data to offer personalized insights into stress, fitness, recovery and sleep patterns. We cover a ton about Firstbeat in the conversation, including how they transform the sensor readings into more actionable data, their use of a digital physiological model of the human body,...


Machine Learning for Signal Processing Applications w/ Stuart Feffer & Brady Tsai - TWiML Talk #105

In this episode, I'm joined by Stuart Feffer, co-founder and CEO of Reality AI, which provides tools and services for engineers working with sensors and signals, and Brady Tsai, Business Development Manager at Koito, which develops automotive lighting solutions for car manufacturers. Stuart and Brady joined me at CES a few weeks ago after they announced a partnership to bring Adaptive Driving Beam, or ADB, headlights to North America. Brady explains what exactly ADB technology is and how...


Personalizing the Ferrari Challenge Experience w/ Intel AI - TWiML Talk #104

In this episode, I'm joined by Andy Keller and Emile Chin-Dickey to discuss Intel's partnership with the Ferrari North America Challenge. Andy is a Deep Learning Data Scientist at Intel and Emile is Senior Manager of Marketing Partnerships at the company. In this show, Emile gives us a high-level overview of the Ferrari Challenge partnership and the goals of the collaboration. Andy & I then dive into the AI aspects of the project, including how the training data was collected, the...


Deep Learning for 3D Sensors and Cameras in Lighthouse with Alex Teichman - TWiML Talk #103

In this episode, I sit down with Alex Teichman, CEO and Co-Founder of Lighthouse, a company taking a new approach to the in-home smart camera. Alex and I dig into what exactly the Lighthouse product is, and all the interesting stuff inside, including its combination of 3D sensing, computer vision, and NLP. We also talk about Alex’s process for building the Lighthouse network architecture, they tech stack the product is based on, and some things that surprised him in their efforts to get AI...


Computer Vision for Cozmo, the Cutest Toy Robot Everrrrr! with Andrew Stein - TWiML Talk #102

In this episode, I'm joined by Andrew Stein, computer vision engineer at consumer robotics company Anki, and his partner in crime Cozmo, a toy robot with tons of personality. Andrew joined me during the hustle and bustle of CES a few weeks ago to give me some insight into how Cozmo works, plays, and learns, and how he’s different from other consumer robots you may know, such as the Roomba. We discuss the types of algorithms that help power Cozmo, such as facial detection and recognition,...


Expectation Maximization, Gaussian Mixtures & Belief Propagation, OH MY! w/ Inmar Givoni - Talk #101

In this episode i'm joined by Inmar Givoni, Autonomy Engineering Manager at Uber ATG, to discuss her work on the paper Min-Max Propagation, which was presented at NIPS last month in Long Beach. Inmar and I get into a meaty discussion about graphical models, including what they are and how they’re used, some of the challenges they present for both training and inference, and how and where they can be best applied. Then we jump into an in-depth look at the key ideas behind the Min-Max...


A Linear-Time Kernel Goodness-of-Fit Test - NIPS Best Paper '17 - TWiML Talk #100

In this episode, I speak with Arthur Gretton, Wittawat Jitkrittum, Zoltan Szabo and Kenji Fukumizu, who, alongside Wenkai Xu authored the 2017 NIPS Best Paper Award winner “A Linear-Time Kernel Goodness-of-Fit Test.” In our discussion, we cover what exactly a “goodness of fit” test is, and how it can be used to determine how well a statistical model applies to a given real-world scenario. The group and I the discuss this particular test, the applications of this work, as well as how this...


Solving Imperfect-Information Games with Tuomas Sandholm - NIPS ’17 Best Paper - TWiML Talk #99

In this episode, I speak with Tuomas Sandholm Carnegie Mellon University Professor and Founder and CEO of startups Optimized Markets and Strategic Machine. Tuomas, along with his PhD student Noam Brown, won a 2017 NIPS Best Paper award for their paper “Safe and Nested Subgame Solving for Imperfect-Information Games.” Tuomas and I dig into the significance of the paper, including a breakdown of perfect vs imperfect information games, the role of abstractions in game solving, and how the...


Separating Vocals in Recorded Music at Spotify with Eric Humphrey - TWiML Talk #98

In today’s show, I sit down with Eric Humphrey, Research Scientist in the music understanding group at Spotify. Eric was at the Deep Learning Summit to give a talk on Advances in Deep Architectures and Methods for Separating Vocals in Recorded Music. We discuss his talk, including how Spotify's large music catalog enables such an experiment to even take place, the methods they use to train algorithms to isolate and remove vocals from music, and how architectures like U-Net and Pix2Pix come...


Accelerating Deep Learning with Mixed Precision Arithmetic with Greg Diamos - TWiML Talk #97

In this show I speak with Greg Diamos, senior computer systems researcher at Baidu. Greg joined me before his talk at the Deep Learning Summit, where he spoke on “The Next Generation of AI Chips.” Greg’s talk focused on some work his team was involved in that accelerates deep learning training by using mixed 16-bit and 32-bit floating point arithmetic. We cover a ton of interesting ground in this conversation, and if you’re interested in systems level thinking around scaling and...


Composing Graphical Models With Neural Networks with David Duvenaud - TWiML Talk #96

In this episode, we hear from David Duvenaud, assistant professor in the Computer Science and Statistics departments at the University of Toronto. David joined me after his talk at the Deep Learning Summit on “Composing Graphical Models With Neural Networks for Structured Representations and Fast Inference.” In our conversation, we discuss the generalized modeling and inference framework that David and his team have created, which combines the strengths of both probabilistic graphical...


Embedded Deep Learning at Deep Vision with Siddha Ganju

In this episode we hear from Siddha Ganju, data scientist at computer vision startup Deep Vision. Siddha joined me at the AI Conference a while back to chat about the challenges of developing deep learning applications “at the edge,” i.e. those targeting compute- and power-constrained environments.In our conversation, Siddha provides an overview of Deep Vision’s embedded processor, which is optimized for ultra-low power requirements, and we dig into the data processing pipeline and network...


Neuroevolution: Evolving Novel Neural Network Architectures - TWiML Talk #94

Today, I'm joined by Kenneth Stanley, Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida and senior research scientist at Uber AI Labs. Kenneth studied under TWiML Talk #47 guest Risto Miikkulainen at UT Austin, and joined Uber AI Labs after Geometric Intelligence, the company he co-founded with Gary Marcus and others, was acquired in late 2016. Kenneth’s research focus is what he calls Neuroevolution, applies the idea of genetic algorithms to the...


A Quantum Computing Primer and Implications for AI with Davide Venturelli - TWiML Talk #93

Today, I'm joined by Davide Venturelli, science operations manager and quantum computing team lead for the Universities Space Research Association’s Institute for Advanced Computer Science at NASA Ames. Davide joined me backstage at the NYU Future Labs AI Summit a while back to give me some insight into a topic that I’ve been curious about for some time now, quantum computing. We kick off our discussion about the core ideas behind quantum computing, including what it is, how it’s applied...


Philosophy of Intelligence with Matthew Crosby - TWiML Talk #91

This week on the podcast we’re featuring a series of conversations from the NIPs conference in Long Beach, California. I attended a bunch of talks and learned a ton, organized an impromptu roundtable on Building AI Products, and met a bunch of great people, including some former TWiML Talk guests.This time around i'm joined by Matthew Crosby, a researcher at Imperial College London, working on the Kinds of Intelligence Project. Matthew joined me after the NIPS Symposium of the same name,...


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