NVIDIA Researchers and Collaborators Receive Outstanding Paper Award at ICML 2020

Today the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) presented the ‘Outstanding Paper Award’ to researchers from NVIDIA, Stanford University, and Bar Ilan University for their paper, On Learning Sets of Symmetric Elements.

The work introduces a principled approach to learning sets of general symmetric elements that can be used in a variety of applications including deblurring image bursts to multi-view 3D shape recognition and reconstruction.

Our research proves theoretically what deep neural network architectures should be used when learning across sets of complex objects, where by complex we mean that the objects assume a special structure which we refer to as symmetry,” the researchers stated in their paper. “We also show empirically that this architecture achieves superior results in a range of problems over images, graphs, and 3D point clouds.”

The researchers say their architectures can be used to reduce noise and identify action highlights given a set of images.

One example the researchers tried to solve is to identify the best image in an unordered photo collection of the same scene. 

“There are two types of symmetries in this problem: First, the best image should be selected regardless of the collection order. Second, the best image should be selected even if the location of key elements has shifted slightly.  

As it turns out, similar structures are present when working with sets of sounds, signals, images, 3D point-clouds and even networks. In all of these cases, the elements are ordered arbitrarily, and each element has a special symmetric structure,” the researchers explained. 

All experiments were conducted using NVIDIA DGX systems with NVIDIA V100 GPUs.

The figure above illustrates the various types of tasks evaluated

“Our proposed solution is extremely easy to implement, and can be easily integrated with existing network architectures,” the researchers stated. 

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Additional papers being presented at ICML by NVIDIA researchers and collaborators include:

Angular Visual Hardness

Beidi Chen · Weiyang Liu · Zhiding Yu · Jan Kautz · Anshumali Shrivastava · Animesh Garg · Anima Anandkumar

Automated Synthetic-to-Real Generalization

Wuyang Chen · Zhiding Yu · Zhangyang Wang · Anima Anandkumar

Semi-Supervised StyleGAN for Disentanglement Learning

Weili Nie · Tero Karras · Animesh Garg · Shoubhik Debnath · Anjul Patney · Ankit Patel · Anima Anandkumar

Implicit competitive regularization in GANs

Florian Schaefer · Hongkai Zheng · Anima Anandkumar

Learning Algebraic Multigrid Using Graph Neural Networks

Ilay Luz · Meirav Galun · Haggai Maron · Ronen Basri · Irad Yavneh