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AAAI 2020 Best Papers; Turing Award Winners See a Turning Point for Deep Learning; MIT Reveals Voting App Vulnerabilities

Synced Global AI Weekly February 16th

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AAAI 2020 | A Turning Point for Deep Learning? Hinton, LeCun, and Bengio Might Have Different Approaches
The Godfathers of AI and 2018 ACM Turing Award winners Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, and Yoshua Bengio have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing, and in individual talks and a panel discussion they discussed their views on current challenges facing deep learning and where it should be heading at AAAI 2020.
(Synced) / (Video)

AAAI 2020 Awards

Classic Paper | WinoGrande: An Adversarial Winograd Schema Challenge at Scale (Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence & University of Washington)
Honorable Mention | A Unifying View on Individual Bounds and Heuristic Inaccuracies in Bidirectional Search (Riken AIP & University of Auckland)
Outstanding Student Paper | Fair Division of Mixed Divisible and Indivisible Goods (Nanyang Technological University & Tsinghua University & The University of Hong Kong)
Outstanding Student Paper Honorary Mention | Lifelong Learning with a Changing Action Set (University of Massachusetts Amherst & Adobe Research)
Outstanding Paper | A Distributed Multi-Sensor Machine Learning Approach to Earthquake Early Warning (IRISA & Rutgers University & University of Oregon)

MIT Researchers Identify Security Vulnerabilities in Voting App
An MIT research team identifies security vulnerabilities in the voting app Voatz that could allow hackers to change or eliminate votes. Voatz has already been used in multiple state elections in West Virginia, Colorado, Oregon and Utah.
(MIT News) / (Paper)

Weekly Update | AI Battles the Coronavirus
Baidu Open-Sources Face Mask Detection and Classification Model
Megvii Implements AI Temperature Measurement System in Beijing
DJI Pledges $1,5M and Uses DJI Argas Drones to Fight Coronavirus in China
Battling the coronavirus: Alibaba and Baidu AI accelerate Vaccine and Drug R&D
Baidu Open-Sources RNA Prediction Algorithm for 2019 Novel Coronavirus


Self-Training With Noisy Student Improves ImageNet Classification
Researchers present a simple self-training method that achieves 88.4% top-1 accuracy on ImageNet. On robustness test sets, it improves ImageNet-A top-1 accuracy from 61.0% to 83.7%, reduces ImageNet-C mean corruption error from 45.7 to 28.3, and reduces ImageNet-P mean flip rate from 27.8 to 12.2.
(Google Brain Team) / (Synced)

SciPy 1.0: Fundamental Algorithms for Scientific Computing in Python
SciPy is an open-source scientific computing library for the Python programming language. In this work, researchers provide an overview of the capabilities and development practices of SciPy 1.0 and highlight some recent technical developments
(University of Jyväskylä & Quansight LLC & Mayo Clinic and other organizations)

A Generative Adversarial Network for AI-Aided Chair Design
Researchers present a deep neural network for improving human design of chairs which consists of an image synthesis module and a super-resolution module. They select one of the candidates as a design prototype and create a real-life chair based on it. According to the researcher team, this is the first physical chair created with the help of deep neural networks, which bridges the gap between AI and design.
(Peking University & Tsinghua University)

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