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Winter term 2 2017 - Reinforcement LearningEvery Tuesday in room ICICS 146 at 5:00 PM | ||

Date | Presenter | Topic |

Jan 10 | Mark Schmidt | Motivation/Overview - [pdf slides] |

Jan 17 | Nasim | MDPs (policy iteration, value iteration) |

Jan 24 | Julie | Monte Carlo (estimators, on-policy/off-policy learning) - [pdf slides] |

Jan 31 | Raunak | Temporal Difference Learning |

Feb 7 | Jennifer | Multi-Step Bootstrapping |

Feb 14 | Michael | Function Approximation, TD-Gammon |

Feb 21 | Cancelled | |

Feb 28 | Ricky | Planning, Control with Approximation, and Eligibility Traces |

Mar 7 | Issam | Optimal control, flying helicopters |

Mar 14 | Sharan | POMDPs |

Mar 21 | Jason | Policy gradients, Monte Carlo tree search, and AlphaGo |

Mar 28 | Julieta | Value-Iteration Networks |

Apr 4 | Glen | RL in Practice |

Apr 11 | Michiel | Perspectives on Reinforcement Learning for Locomotion Skills |

Apr 25 | Issam | Connection between Generative Adversarial Networks and Inverse Reinforcement Learning |

Winter term 1 2016 - Deep LearningEvery Wednesday in room ICICS 146 at 5:00 PM | ||

Date | Presenter | Topic |

Sep 21 | Mark Schmidt | Introduction - [pdf slides] |

Sep 28 | Julie | Feedforward neural nets, backpropagation - [pdf slides] |

Oct 5 | Mohamed | Network-independent tricks - [pdf slides] |

Oct 12 | Issam | ImageNet tricks |

Oct 19 | Jason | Graphical models - [pdf slides] |

Oct 26 | Saif | Artistic style transfer - [pdf slides] |

Nov 2 | Nasim | Recurrent neural nets - [pdf slides] |

Nov 9 | Stephen/Kevin | Recurrent neural nets 2 |

Nov 16 | Ricky | Variational autoencoders and Bayesian dark knowledge |

Nov 23 | Reza | Generative adversarial networks |

Nov 30 | Alireza | Memory nets, neural Turing, stack-augmented RNNs |

Summer term 2016 - MiscellaneousEvery Wednesday in room ICCS146 at 5:00 PM | ||

Date | Presenter | Topic |

May 25 | Mark Schmidt | Introduction to Summer topics - [pdf slides] |

Jun 1 | No meeting | UAI camera-ready deadline |

Jun 8 | Sharan | Spectral Methods (1) - [pdf slides] |

Jun 15 | Geoff | Spectral Methods (2) - [pdf slides] |

Jun 22 | Chris | Relational Models |

Jun 29 | Saif | Submodularity - [pdf slides] |

Jul 6 | Nasim | Grammars - [pdf slides] |

Jul 13 | Eviatar | Continuous graphical models - [pdf slides] |

Jul 20 | Steven and Kevin | Gaussian Copulas - [pdf slides] |

Jul 27 | Issam | Large-scale kernels methods (1) |

Aug 3 | Julietta | Large-scale kernels methods (2) |

Aug 10 | Alireza | Changepoint detection (1) |

Aug 17 | Mohamed | Changepoint detection (2) |

Aug 24 | Julie | Independent component analysis (1) |

Aug 31 | Ricky | Independent component analysis (2) |

Winter term 2 2016 - Crash course on Bayesian methodsEvery Wednesday in room ICICS 146 at 5:00 PM | ||

Date | Presenter | Topic |

Jan 06 | Mark Schmidt | Introduction to Bayesian methods - [pdf slides] |

Jan 13 | Nasim | Conjugate Priors, Non-Informative Priors - [pdf slides] |

Jan 20 | Geoff | Hierarchical Modeling and Bayesian Model Selection - [pdf slides] |

Jan 27 | Issam | Gaussian Processes and Empirical Bayes - [pdf slides] |

Feb 3 | Ricky | Basic Monte Carlo Methods - [pdf slides] |

Feb 10 | Jason | MCMC - [website link] |

Feb 24 | Michael | Bayesian Optimization - [pdf slides] |

Mar 2 | Sharan | Variational Bayes - [pdf slides] |

Mar 9 | Reza | Stochastic Variational Inference - [pdf slides] |

Mar 16 | Mark | Non-Parametric Bayes 1 - [pdf slides] |

Mar 23 | Reza | Non-Parametric Bayes 2 |

Apr 6 | Julieta | Sequential Monte Carlo and Population MCMC |

Apr 13 | Rudy | Reversible-Jump MCMC |

Apr 20 | Alireza | Approximate Bayesian Computation - [pdf slides] |

Winter term 1 2015 - Crash course on optimizationEvery Tuesday in room X836 at 5:00 PM | ||

Date | Presenter | Topic |

Sep 22 | Mark Schmidt | Introduction to convex optimization - [pdf slides] |

Sep 29 | Mark Schmidt | First-Order Methods - [pdf slides] |

Oct 06 | Julieta | Stochastic Subgradient - [pdf slides] |

Oct 13 | Mohamed | Minimizing Finite Sums - [pdf slides] |

Oct 20 | Jason | Proximal-Gradient - [pdf slides] |

Oct 27 | Ives | Frank-Wolfe, ADMM - [pdf slides] |

Nov 03 | Julie | Coordinate Descent - [pdf slides] |

Nov 10 | Sharan | Online Convex Optimization - [pdf slides] |

Nov 17 | Mark Schmidt | Multi-Level Methods - [pdf slides] |

Nov 24 | Issam | Non-Convex Rates - [pdf slides] |

Dec 01 | Issam | Parallel/Distributed - [pdf slides] |

Dec 08 | (NIPS) | |

Dec 15 | Alireza | Deep Learning Local Optima - [pdf slides] |

Summer term 2 2015 - Crash course on graphical modelsRoom ICICS 238 at 11:00 AM | ||

Date | Presenter | Topic |

Aug 17 | Mark Schmidt | Why learn about graphical models? - [pdf slides] |

Aug 18 | Mark Schmidt | Inference in Chains and Trees - [pdf slides] |

Aug 19 | Julie | Conditional Inference and Cutset Conditioning - [pdf slides] |

Aug 20 | Mehran | Junction Tree - [pdf slides] |

Aug 21 | Alireza | Semi-Markov/Graph Cuts - [pdf slides] |

Aug 24 | Mark Schmidt | MRF/CRF - [pdf slides] |

Aug 25 | Julieta | ICM/Block/Alpha - [pdf slides] |

Aug 26 | Jason | MCMC/Herding - [pdf slides] |

Aug 27 | Ankur | Hidden/RBM/Younes - [pdf slides] |

Aug 28 | Sharan | Structure Learning - [pdf slides] |

Aug 31 | Mark Schmidt | Variational/MF - [pdf slides] |

Sep 1 | Nasim | Bethe/Kikuchi - [pdf slides] |

Sep 2 | Reza | TRBP/Convex - [pdf slides] |

Sep 3 | Issam | LP/SDP - [pdf slides] |

Sep 4 | Mark Schmidt | SSVM/BCFW - [pdf slides] |