Models, code, and papers for "Mohak Shah":

Is it Safe to Drive? An Overview of Factors, Challenges, and Datasets for Driveability Assessment in Autonomous Driving

Nov 27, 2018
Junyao Guo, Unmesh Kurup, Mohak Shah

With recent advances in learning algorithms and hardware development, autonomous cars have shown promise when operating in structured environments under good driving conditions. However, for complex, cluttered and unseen environments with high uncertainty, autonomous driving systems still frequently demonstrate erroneous or unexpected behaviors, that could lead to catastrophic outcomes. Autonomous vehicles should ideally adapt to driving conditions; while this can be achieved through multiple routes, it would be beneficial as a first step to be able to characterize Driveability in some quantified form. To this end, this paper aims to create a framework for investigating different factors that can impact driveability. Also, one of the main mechanisms to adapt autonomous driving systems to any driving condition is to be able to learn and generalize from representative scenarios. The machine learning algorithms that currently do so learn predominantly in a supervised manner and consequently need sufficient data for robust and efficient learning. Therefore, we also perform a comparative overview of 45 public driving datasets that enable learning and publish this dataset index at Specifically, we categorize the datasets according to use cases, and highlight the datasets that capture complicated and hazardous driving conditions which can be better used for training robust driving models. Furthermore, by discussions of what driving scenarios are not covered by existing public datasets and what driveability factors need more investigation and data acquisition, this paper aims to encourage both targeted dataset collection and the proposal of novel driveability metrics that enhance the robustness of autonomous cars in adverse environments.

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Multiclass Universum SVM

Aug 23, 2018
Sauptik Dhar, Vladimir Cherkassky, Mohak Shah

We introduce Universum learning for multiclass problems and propose a novel formulation for multiclass universum SVM (MU-SVM). We also propose an analytic span bound for model selection with almost 2-4x faster computation times than standard resampling techniques. We empirically demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed MUSVM formulation on several real world datasets achieving > 20% improvement in test accuracies compared to multi-class SVM.

* 33 pages. arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1609.09162 

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Feature Selection with Conjunctions of Decision Stumps and Learning from Microarray Data

May 04, 2010
Mohak Shah, Mario Marchand, Jacques Corbeil

One of the objectives of designing feature selection learning algorithms is to obtain classifiers that depend on a small number of attributes and have verifiable future performance guarantees. There are few, if any, approaches that successfully address the two goals simultaneously. Performance guarantees become crucial for tasks such as microarray data analysis due to very small sample sizes resulting in limited empirical evaluation. To the best of our knowledge, such algorithms that give theoretical bounds on the future performance have not been proposed so far in the context of the classification of gene expression data. In this work, we investigate the premise of learning a conjunction (or disjunction) of decision stumps in Occam's Razor, Sample Compression, and PAC-Bayes learning settings for identifying a small subset of attributes that can be used to perform reliable classification tasks. We apply the proposed approaches for gene identification from DNA microarray data and compare our results to those of well known successful approaches proposed for the task. We show that our algorithm not only finds hypotheses with much smaller number of genes while giving competitive classification accuracy but also have tight risk guarantees on future performance unlike other approaches. The proposed approaches are general and extensible in terms of both designing novel algorithms and application to other domains.

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Auptimizer -- an Extensible, Open-Source Framework for Hyperparameter Tuning

Nov 06, 2019
Jiayi Liu, Samarth Tripathi, Unmesh Kurup, Mohak Shah

Tuning machine learning models at scale, especially finding the right hyperparameter values, can be difficult and time-consuming. In addition to the computational effort required, this process also requires some ancillary efforts including engineering tasks (e.g., job scheduling) as well as more mundane tasks (e.g., keeping track of the various parameters and associated results). We present Auptimizer, a general Hyperparameter Optimization (HPO) framework to help data scientists speed up model tuning and bookkeeping. With Auptimizer, users can use all available computing resources in distributed settings for model training. The user-friendly system design simplifies creating, controlling, and tracking of a typical machine learning project. The design also allows researchers to integrate new HPO algorithms. To demonstrate its flexibility, we show how Auptimizer integrates a few major HPO techniques (from random search to neural architecture search). The code is available at

* Accepted at IEEE Big Data 2019 

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Variable Metric Proximal Gradient Method with Diagonal Barzilai-Borwein Stepsize

Oct 15, 2019
Youngsuk Park, Sauptik Dhar, Stephen Boyd, Mohak Shah

Variable metric proximal gradient (VM-PG) is a widely used class of convex optimization method. Lately, there has been a lot of research on the theoretical guarantees of VM-PG with different metric selections. However, most such metric selections are dependent on (an expensive) Hessian, or limited to scalar stepsizes like the Barzilai-Borwein (BB) stepsize with lots of safeguarding. Instead, in this paper we propose an adaptive metric selection strategy called the diagonal Barzilai-Borwein (BB) stepsize. The proposed diagonal selection better captures the local geometry of the problem while keeping per-step computation cost similar to the scalar BB stepsize i.e. $O(n)$. Under this metric selection for VM-PG, the theoretical convergence is analyzed. Our empirical studies illustrate the improved convergence results under the proposed diagonal BB stepsize, specifically for ill-conditioned machine learning problems for both synthetic and real-world datasets.

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Robust Neural Network Training using Periodic Sampling over Model Weights

May 14, 2019
Samarth Tripathi, Jiayi Liu, Unmesh Kurup, Mohak Shah

Deep neural networks provide best-in-class performance for a number of computer vision problems. However, training these networks is computationally intensive and requires fine-tuning various hyperparameters. In addition, performance swings widely as the network converges making it hard to decide when to stop training. In this paper, we introduce a trio of techniques (PSWA, PWALKS, and PSWM) centered around periodic sampling of model weights that provide consistent and more robust convergence on a variety of vision problems (classification, detection, segmentation) and gradient update methods (vanilla SGD, Momentum, Adam) with marginal additional computation time. Our techniques use existing optimal training policies but converge in a less volatile fashion with performance improvements that are approximately monotonic. Our analysis of the loss surface shows that these techniques also produce minima that are deeper and wider than those found by SGD.

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Make (Nearly) Every Neural Network Better: Generating Neural Network Ensembles by Weight Parameter Resampling

Jul 02, 2018
Jiayi Liu, Samarth Tripathi, Unmesh Kurup, Mohak Shah

Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) have become increasingly popular in computer vision, natural language processing, and other areas. However, training and fine-tuning a deep learning model is computationally intensive and time-consuming. We propose a new method to improve the performance of nearly every model including pre-trained models. The proposed method uses an ensemble approach where the networks in the ensemble are constructed by reassigning model parameter values based on the probabilistic distribution of these parameters, calculated towards the end of the training process. For pre-trained models, this approach results in an additional training step (usually less than one epoch). We perform a variety of analysis using the MNIST dataset and validate the approach with a number of DNN models using pre-trained models on the ImageNet dataset.

* Accepted at UAI Workshop on Uncertainty in Deep Learning 

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Deep Symbolic Representation Learning for Heterogeneous Time-series Classification

Dec 05, 2016
Shengdong Zhang, Soheil Bahrampour, Naveen Ramakrishnan, Mohak Shah

In this paper, we consider the problem of event classification with multi-variate time series data consisting of heterogeneous (continuous and categorical) variables. The complex temporal dependencies between the variables combined with sparsity of the data makes the event classification problem particularly challenging. Most state-of-art approaches address this either by designing hand-engineered features or breaking up the problem over homogeneous variates. In this work, we propose and compare three representation learning algorithms over symbolized sequences which enables classification of heterogeneous time-series data using a deep architecture. The proposed representations are trained jointly along with the rest of the network architecture in an end-to-end fashion that makes the learned features discriminative for the given task. Experiments on three real-world datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approaches.

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Universum Learning for Multiclass SVM

Sep 29, 2016
Sauptik Dhar, Naveen Ramakrishnan, Vladimir Cherkassky, Mohak Shah

We introduce Universum learning for multiclass problems and propose a novel formulation for multiclass universum SVM (MU-SVM). We also propose a span bound for MU-SVM that can be used for model selection thereby avoiding resampling. Empirical results demonstrate the effectiveness of MU-SVM and the proposed bound.

* 14 pages, 12 figures 

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Comparative Study of Deep Learning Software Frameworks

Mar 30, 2016
Soheil Bahrampour, Naveen Ramakrishnan, Lukas Schott, Mohak Shah

Deep learning methods have resulted in significant performance improvements in several application domains and as such several software frameworks have been developed to facilitate their implementation. This paper presents a comparative study of five deep learning frameworks, namely Caffe, Neon, TensorFlow, Theano, and Torch, on three aspects: extensibility, hardware utilization, and speed. The study is performed on several types of deep learning architectures and we evaluate the performance of the above frameworks when employed on a single machine for both (multi-threaded) CPU and GPU (Nvidia Titan X) settings. The speed performance metrics used here include the gradient computation time, which is important during the training phase of deep networks, and the forward time, which is important from the deployment perspective of trained networks. For convolutional networks, we also report how each of these frameworks support various convolutional algorithms and their corresponding performance. From our experiments, we observe that Theano and Torch are the most easily extensible frameworks. We observe that Torch is best suited for any deep architecture on CPU, followed by Theano. It also achieves the best performance on the GPU for large convolutional and fully connected networks, followed closely by Neon. Theano achieves the best performance on GPU for training and deployment of LSTM networks. Caffe is the easiest for evaluating the performance of standard deep architectures. Finally, TensorFlow is a very flexible framework, similar to Theano, but its performance is currently not competitive compared to the other studied frameworks.

* Submitted to KDD 2016 with TensorFlow results added. At the time of submission to KDD, TensorFlow was available only with cuDNN v.2 and thus its performance is reported with that version 

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Effective Building Block Design for Deep Convolutional Neural Networks using Search

Jan 25, 2018
Jayanta K Dutta, Jiayi Liu, Unmesh Kurup, Mohak Shah

Deep learning has shown promising results on many machine learning tasks but DL models are often complex networks with large number of neurons and layers, and recently, complex layer structures known as building blocks. Finding the best deep model requires a combination of finding both the right architecture and the correct set of parameters appropriate for that architecture. In addition, this complexity (in terms of layer types, number of neurons, and number of layers) also present problems with generalization since larger networks are easier to overfit to the data. In this paper, we propose a search framework for finding effective architectural building blocks for convolutional neural networks (CNN). Our approach is much faster at finding models that are close to state-of-the-art in performance. In addition, the models discovered by our approach are also smaller than models discovered by similar techniques. We achieve these twin advantages by designing our search space in such a way that it searches over a reduced set of state-of-the-art building blocks for CNNs including residual block, inception block, inception-residual block, ResNeXt block and many others. We apply this technique to generate models for multiple image datasets and show that these models achieve performance comparable to state-of-the-art (and even surpassing the state-of-the-art in one case). We also show that learned models are transferable between datasets.

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On-Device Machine Learning: An Algorithms and Learning Theory Perspective

Nov 02, 2019
Sauptik Dhar, Junyao Guo, Jiayi Liu, Samarth Tripathi, Unmesh Kurup, Mohak Shah

The current paradigm for using machine learning models on a device is to train a model in the cloud and perform inference using the trained model on the device. However, with the increasing number of smart devices and improved hardware, there is interest in performing model training on the device. Given this surge in interest, a comprehensive survey of the field from a device-agnostic perspective sets the stage for both understanding the state-of-the-art and for identifying open challenges and future avenues of research. Since on-device learning is an expansive field with connections to a large number of related topics in AI and machine learning (including online learning, model adaptation, one/few-shot learning, etc), covering such a large number of topics in a single survey is impractical. Instead, this survey finds a middle ground by reformulating the problem of on-device learning as resource constrained learning where the resources are compute and memory. This reformulation allows tools, techniques, and algorithms from a wide variety of research areas to be compared equitably. In addition to summarizing the state of the art, the survey also identifies a number of challenges and next steps for both the algorithmic and theoretical aspects of on-device learning.

* Edge Learning, Resource Constrained Machine Learning, 36 pages survey 

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Concept Drift Detection and Adaptation with Hierarchical Hypothesis Testing

Sep 17, 2018
Shujian Yu, Zubin Abraham, Heng Wang, Mohak Shah, Yantao Wei, José C. Príncipe

A fundamental issue for statistical classification models in a streaming environment is that the joint distribution between predictor and response variables changes over time (a phenomenon also known as concept drifts), such that their classification performance deteriorates dramatically. In this paper, we first present a hierarchical hypothesis testing (HHT) framework that can detect and also adapt to various concept drift types (e.g., recurrent or irregular, gradual or abrupt), even in the presence of imbalanced data labels. A novel concept drift detector, namely Hierarchical Linear Four Rates (HLFR), is implemented under the HHT framework thereafter. By substituting a widely-acknowledged retraining scheme with an adaptive training strategy, we further demonstrate that the concept drift adaptation capability of HLFR can be significantly boosted. The theoretical analysis on the Type-I and Type-II errors of HLFR is also performed. Experiments on both simulated and real-world datasets illustrate that our methods outperform state-of-the-art methods in terms of detection precision, detection delay as well as the adaptability across different concept drift types.

* 18 pages, 11 figures 

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