Zhiting Hu (CMU) - Towards Training AI Agents with All Types of Experiences via a Single Algorithm

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April 1, 2020 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Zoom or Live Stream (see below)
Event Audience:
Zhiting Hu

Speaker: Zhiting Hu PhD Student, Carnegie Mellon University

Zhiting Hu is a Ph.D. student in the Machine Learning Department at CMU. He received his B.S. from Peking University. His research interests lie in the broad area of machine learning. His research was recognized with best demo nomination at ACL2019, best paper award at ICLR 2019 DRL workshop, outstanding paper award at ACL2016, and IBM Fellowship.

Abstract: Towards Training AI Agents with All Types of Experiences via a Single Algorithm

Training AI agents for complex problems, such as controllable content generation, requires integrating all sources of experiences (e.g. data, constraints, information from relevant tasks) in learning. Past decades of research has led to a multitude of learning algorithms for dealing with distinct experiences. However, the conventional approach to creating solutions based on such a bewildering marketplace of algorithms demands strong ML expertise and bespoke innovations. This talk will present an alternative approach from a unifying perspective. I will show that many of the popular algorithms in supervised learning, constraint-driven learning, reinforcement learning, etc, indeed share a common succinct formulation and can be reduced to a single algorithm that enables learning with different experiences in the same way. This allows us to create solutions by simply plugging arbitrary experiences in learning, and to systematically enable new learning capabilities by repurposing off-the-shelf algorithms.

If you are affiliated with UChicago CS and would like to attend this talk remotely, contact rmitchum@uchicago.edu for links.

Host: Ben Zhao

Type: talk