Research papers and code for "Sibo Zhang":
Considered in this short note is the design of output layer nodes of feedforward neural networks for solving multi-class classification problems with r (bigger than or equal to 3) classes of samples. The common and conventional setting of output layer, called "one-to-one approach" in this paper, is as follows: The output layer contains r output nodes corresponding to the r classes. And for an input sample of the i-th class, the ideal output is 1 for the i-th output node, and 0 for all the other output nodes. We propose in this paper a new "binary approach": Suppose r is (2^(q minus 1), 2^q] with q bigger than or equal to 2, then we let the output layer contain q output nodes, and let the ideal outputs for the r classes be designed in a binary manner. Numerical experiments carried out in this paper show that our binary approach does equally good job as, but uses less output nodes than, the traditional one-to-one approach.

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To safely and efficiently navigate in complex urban traffic, autonomous vehicles must make responsible predictions in relation to surrounding traffic-agents (vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, etc.). A challenging and critical task is to explore the movement patterns of different traffic-agents and predict their future trajectories accurately to help the autonomous vehicle make reasonable navigation decision. To solve this problem, we propose a long short-term memory-based (LSTM-based) realtime traffic prediction algorithm, TrafficPredict. Our approach uses an instance layer to learn instances' movements and interactions and has a category layer to learn the similarities of instances belonging to the same type to refine the prediction. In order to evaluate its performance, we collected trajectory datasets in a large city consisting of varying conditions and traffic densities. The dataset includes many challenging scenarios where vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians move among one another. We evaluate the performance of TrafficPredict on our new dataset and highlight its higher accuracy for trajectory prediction by comparing with prior prediction methods.

* Accepted by AAAI(Oral) 2019
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