Seminar 3 : Marrying Reinforcement Learning and Deep Learning

The Computer Science Graduate Society is pleased to present the first talk of the winter semester by Emmanuel Bengio on 15th January. To help us know how much food to order, please fill this Google form if you plan to attend: http://goo.gl/forms/9lVPNT5tyV

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Date: January 15
Time: 13:00-14:00
Location: McConnell Room 103

Speaker: Emmanuel Bengio
Title: Marrying Reinforcement Learning and Deep Learning

Abstract: In the last few years Machine Learning has boosted in popularity thanks to the outrageously successful applications of Deep Learning, in many areas including speech recognition, fraud detection, advertisement, recommendation systems, and, probably most famously, computer vision.
Taking advantage of these techniques, we have also very recently seen successful use of Deep Learning as a tool inside of Reinforcement Learning tasks, such as DeepMind’s popular Atari model. A new approach, which is the main concern of my research, consists in studying the opposite direction: using Reinforcement Learning to augment Deep Learning models. This takes the form of conditional computing, visual attention, memory mechanisms, and much more, which I will discuss during this talk.

Seminar 2 : Efficient Collaborations with Trust-Aware Robots

The Computer Science Graduate Society is pleased to present a talk by Anqi Xu on 2nd December (next Wednesday). To help us know how much food to order, please fill this Google form if you plan to attend: http://goo.gl/forms/hkof94CtJC.

Date: December 2 (next Wednesday)

Time: 12:00-13:00

Location: McConnell Room 103

Speaker: Anqi Xu

Title: Efficient Collaborations with Trust-Aware Robots

Abstract:

In this work, we give autonomous robot agents the ability to infer their human collaborator’s changing trust states, and consider how this signal can be capitalized to improve the efficiency of human-robot teams. This trust-aware robot framework incorporates advances in online human-robot trust modeling and interactive behavior adaptation for autonomous agents. We build upon these components by introducing the novel formulation of trust-induced conservative control. This enables the robot agent to momentarily alter its behaviors in response to the human’s trust losses, as an active means to mend damage to the team relationship. We present two end-to-end instantiations of trust-aware robots for distinct task domains of aerial terrain coverage and interactive autonomous driving. Our empirical assessments comprise of a large-scale controlled study, as well as field evaluations with a smart car platform. These assessments quantitatively demonstrate the diverse efficiency gains of trust-aware robots.

Financial Statement

Transparency is next to Godliness!! Here we tell you, most cherished CS grads, about the ways in which we are spending your money. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel we are over- or  under-spending on some criteria!.

Budget 2016-2017

    
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DateAmountExpense
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2016-09-06$32.45grads welcoming event
3
2016-09-08$71.64
tea time for graduate students
4
2016-09-12$1,381.41
CSGS welcome BBQ at Beaver Lake
5
2016-10-06$1524 hoodies
6
2016-10-20$148.55seminar
7
2016-11-16$32.82tea time
8
2016-11-23$150.19seminar
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2016-11-24$3tea time
10
2017-01-30$120seminar
11
2017-01-31$12.50bank account service charge
12
2017-01-31$2service charge for mail transfer
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Total expenses from Sep to Jan
$2,106.56
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Initial money$2,237.30
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Current budget$130.74

Budget 2015-2016

    
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DateAmountExpense
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11/9/2015$191.80seminar
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11/6/2015$37.56seminar
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11/30/2015$76.85seminar
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2/12/2015$170.40seminar
6
1/13/2016$438.41seminar hoodies
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1/13/2016$190.05seminar
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2/8/2016$246.61Board Games Night
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2/10/2016$22.70Tea&Cookie
10
2/11/2016$191.60seminar
11
2/16/2016$17.01Tea&Cookie
12
2/16/2016$62.99
tea pot for graduate students lounge
13
10/30/2015$0.48bank service
14
11/30/2015$2.00bank service
15
11/30/2015$5.00bank service
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12/31/2015$2.00bank service
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12/31/2015$5.00bank service
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1/29/2016$5.00bank service
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2/29/2016$5.00bank service
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3/17/2016$158.70seminar
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3/17/2016$9.60Tea&Cookie
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3/18/2016$156.80seminar
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4/12/2016$105.20seminar
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4/12/2016$3,497.47coffee machine installment 2
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4/12/2016$23.45Espresso cups
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4/12/2016$24.90Coffee machine tutorial
27
4/12/2016$15.00
Accessories in the graduate students kitchen
28
4/12/2016$34.44Coffee Trash Can
29
4/12/2016$8.38
Milk & Paper towels for tutorial session
30
4/12/2016$990.00coffee machine installment 1
31
4/25/2016$38.00One hoodie s for seminar
32
5/6/2016$125.21Seminar food
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5/16/2016$8.88tea time for graduate students
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5/16/2016$6tea time for graduate students
35
5/16/2016$7.18tea time for graduate students
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5/16/2016$6.94tea time for graduate students
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5/16/2016$4tea time for graduate students
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5/16/2016$8tea time for graduate students
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5/18/2016$341.42csgs end term party
40
5/19/2016$3.75seminar drink
41
2/29/20162.5scotia bank service
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3/31/20162.5scotia bank service
43
4/29/20163.52scotia bank service
44
5/20/2016$1524 hoodies
45
2016-07-04$11.00tea time for graduate students
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2016-07-04$8.69tea time for graduate students
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2016-07-04$8.25tea time for graduate students
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2016-07-04$23.58tea time for graduate students
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2016-07-04$10.80tea time for graduate students
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2016-07-04$6.98tea time for graduate students

CS grads input on how to organize the best seminar series!

Following are the response charts :

Q1: We will cater lunch from your favorite restaurant(s) for our seminar lunches. Rank the following  choices from 1 to 5, your most favorite being 1 (google the name of the restaurant to learn more about it) :

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Q2: What day of the week would you prefer the seminars to be held? Rank the days from 1 to 5:
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Q3: What time should seminars be held ? Pick the time that most suits your schedule:
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Q4: The names of CS grads attending each seminar will be collected for a raffle (lottery) to be held a year from now (Fall 2016), where one name will be drawn to be the winner of a tablet  (hence the more seminars a student attends the more chance s/he will win the tablet). Do you like this idea ?
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Seminar 1 : RNA Sequence Design

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Speaker: Vladimir Reinharz
Title: RNA Sequence Design

Abstract:
RNAs are biomolecules that can be seen as words in {ACGU}+. An interesting mathematical representation of the structure as a dot bracket sequence [e.g. (((…))) ] has been shown to have some ressemblance with reality. Having an energy model derived from experiments, the ensemble of structures given a sequence has been completely characterized in the 70s (in this model). At the opposite, given a structure, knowing if it exists a sequence with an affinity higher than some threshold  is believed to be NP-hard. I developed an algorithm based on the inside-outside to, given a structure, do a global stochastic Boltzmann sampling of sequences in linear time. I will also talk of a few potential applications in drug design and bioengineering. It has been implemented in a tool called incaRNAtion

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btt217