The Weizmann Institute of Science
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Vision and Robotics Seminar
Amnon Shashua
School of Engineering and Computer Science
The Hebrew University
will speak on
Optimization and Inference
Abstract:
Quite a number of problems involving inference from data, whether visual data
or otherwise, fall into the category of optimization. I will describe a general
scheme for sequential and parallel (message passing) update rules based on the
framework of Fenchel duality. The presentation will be done in the context of
three applications (i) distributed (parallel) Support-Vector-Machines (SVM) for
handling large scale problems, (ii) generalized Maximum-Entropy, and (if time
permits) (iii) Belief Propagation and its extensions.
Most of the presentation describes joint work with Tamir Hazan.
The lecture will take place in the
Lecture Hall, Room 1, Ziskind Building
on Thursday, January 17, 2008
12:00 - 13:00