UTCS AI Colloquia - Qiang Yang, Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, "Transfer learning: Algorithms and Applications"

Contact Name: 
Karl Pichotta
ACE 2.402
Feb 13, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Ray Mooney

Talk Abstract: In machine learning and data mining, we often encounter situations where we have an insufficient amount of high-quality data in a target domain,but we may have plenty of auxiliary data in related domains. Transfer learning aims to exploit these additional data to improve the learning performance in the target domain. In this talk, I will give an overview on some recent advances in transfer learning problems and discuss some innovative applications such as learning in heterogeneous cross-media domains and in online recommendation systems.

Speaker Bio: Qiang Yang is the head of Huawei Noah's Ark Research Lab and a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research interests include data mining and artificial intelligence including machine learning, planning and activity recognition. He is a fellow of IEEE, IAPR and AAAS. He received his PhD from Computer Science Department of the University of Maryland, College Park in 1989. He had been an assistant/associate professor at the University of Waterloo between 1989 and 1995, and a professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair at Simon Fraser University in Canada from 1995 to 2001. He was an invited speaker at IJCAI 2009, ACL 2009, SDM 2012, WSDM 2013, etc. He was elected as a vice chair of ACM SIGART in July 2010. He is the founding Editor in Chief of the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST), and is on the editorial board of IEEE Intelligent Systems and several other international journals. He has served as a PC co-chair and general co-chair of several international conferences, including ACM KDD 2010 and 2012, ACM RecSys 2013, ACM IUI 2010, etc. He serves as an IJCAI trustee and will be the PC chair for IJCAI 2015.