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Adversarial Attacks Against Reinforcement Learning Agents with Ian Goodfellow & Sandy Huang

In this episode, I’m joined by Ian Goodfellow, Staff Research Scientist at Google Brain and Sandy Huang, Phd Student in the EECS department at UC Berkeley, to discuss their work on the paper Adversarial Attacks on Neural Network Policies. If you’re a regular listener here you’ve probably heard of adversarial attacks, and have seen examples of deep learning based object detectors that can be fooled into thinking that, for example, a giraffe is actually a school bus, by injecting some...


Towards Abstract Robotic Understanding with Raja Chatila - TWiML Talk #118

In this episode, we're joined by Raja Chatila, director of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, and executive committee chair of the IEEE global initiative on ethics of intelligent and autonomous systems. Raja and I had a great chat about his research, which deals with robotic perception and discovery. We discuss the relationship between learning and discovery, particularly as it applies to robots and their environments, and the connection between...


Discovering Exoplanets w/ Deep Learning with Chris Shallue - TWiML Talk 117

Earlier this week, I had a chance to speak with Chris Shallue, Senior Software Engineer at Google AI about his project and paper on “Exploring Exoplanets with Deep Learning.” This is a great story. Chris, inspired by a book he was reading, reached out on a whim to a Harvard astrophysics researcher, kicking off a collaboration and side project eventually leading to the discovery of two new planets outside our solar system. In our conversation, we walk through the entire process Chris...


Learning Active Learning with Ksenia Konyushkova - TWiML Talk #116

In this episode, I speak with Ksenia Konyushkova, Ph.D. student in the CVLab at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Ksenia and I connected at NIPS in December to discuss her interesting research into ways we might apply machine learning to ease the challenge of creating labeled datasets for machine learning. The first paper we discuss is “Learning Active Learning from Data,” which suggests a data-driven approach to active learning that trains a secondary model to...


Machine Learning Platforms at Uber with Mike Del Balso - TWiML Talk #115

In this episode, I speak with Mike Del Balso, Product Manager for Machine Learning Platforms at Uber. Mike and I sat down last fall at the Georgian Partners Portfolio conference to discuss his presentation “Finding success with machine learning in your company.” In our discussion, Mike shares some great advice for organizations looking to get value out of machine learning. He also details some of the pitfalls companies run into, such as not have proper infrastructure in place for...


Inverse Programming for Deeper AI with Zenna Tavares - TWiML Talk #114

For today’s show, the final episode of our Black in AI Series, I’m joined by Zenna Tavares, a PhD student in the both the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. I spent some time with Zenna after his talk at the Strange Loop conference titled “Running Programs in Reverse for Deeper AI.” Zenna shares some great insight into his work on program inversion, an idea which lies at the intersection of Bayesian modeling,...


Statistical Relational Artificial Intelligence with Sriraam Natarajan - TWiML Talk #113

In this episode, I speak with Sriraam Natarajan, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UT Dallas. While at NIPS a few months back, Sriraam and I sat down to discuss his work on Statistical Relational Artificial Intelligence. StarAI is the combination of probabilistic & statistical machine learning techniques with relational databases. We cover systems learning on top of relational databases and making predictions with relational data, with quite a few examples from...


Classical Machine Learning for Infant Medical Diagnosis with Charles Onu - TWiML Talk #112

In this episode, part 4 in our Black in AI series, i'm joined by Charles Onu, Phd Student at McGill University in Montreal & Founder of Ubenwa, a startup tackling the problem of infant mortality due to asphyxia. Using SVMs and other techniques from the field of automatic speech recognition, Charles and his team have built a model that detects asphyxia based on the audible noises the child makes upon birth. We go into the process he used to collect his training data, including the specific...


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...


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...


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