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Title:Practical considerations for deep learning
Author(s):Paine, Thomas Le
Director of Research:Huang, Thomas
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Huang, Thomas
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Liang, Zhi-Pei; Hoiem, Derek; Smaragdis, Paris
Department / Program:Graduate College Programs
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Deep learning
Computer vision
Abstract:The work in this dissertation was done as a major shift in machine perception and deep learning research was happening. Neural networks have proved to be an important part of machine perception and other domains of artificial intelligence over the last several years. This is due to several advances that have made neural networks more practical for real world applications. The goal of this dissertation is to present several works that track some advances in deep learning including: the move from greedy unsupervised pre-training to end-to-end supervised learning, GPU accelerated training of large neural, and the more recent successes of auto-regressive models for generating high-dimensional data. This dissertation will present four of my works. The first, develops a novel convolutional auto-encoder, and shows it can learn useful features that improve supervised image classification results when data is scarce. The second, uses distributed systems with multiple GPUs to train neural networks. The third, develops a method for using neural networks for object detection in video. The fourth speeds up generation for auto-regressive models of time-series, i.e. Wavenet. Then I will conclude and describe some follow up research I would like to pursue including: work on speeding up generation for auto-regressive models of images, i.e. PixelCNN, and using dilated causal convolutional models for Reinforcement Learning.
Issue Date:2017-04-17
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Thomas Paine
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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