IROS 2017 Report


2017-11-06 10:30:04

Writers: Ryoma Kawajiri, Jethro Tan

Preferred Networks (PFN) attended the 30th IEEE/RSJ IROS conference held in Vancouver, Canada. IROS is known to be the second biggest robotics conference in the world after ICRA (see here for our report on this year’s ICRA) with 2797 total registrants, 2164 submitted papers (of which 970 were accepted amounting to an acceptance rate of 44.82%). With no less than 18 sessions being held in parallel, our members had a hard time to decide which ones to attend.

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Guest blog with Weihua, a former intern at PFN


2017-09-11 16:29:13

This is a guest post in an interview style with Weihua Hu, a former intern at Preferred Networks last year from University of Tokyo, whose research has been extended after the internship and accepted at ICML 2017.

“Learning Discrete Representations via Information Maximizing Self-Augmented Training,” Weihua Hu, Takeru Miyato, Seiya Tokui, Eiichi Matsumoto, and Masashi Sugiyama; Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 70:1558-1567, 2017. (Link)

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ACL 2017 Report

Yuta Kikuchi

2017-09-08 13:54:22

Writers: Yuta Kikuchi, Sosuke Kobayashi

Preferred Networks (PFN) attended the 55th Annual Meeting of the
Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2017) in Vancouver, Canada. ACL is one of the largest conferences in the Natural Language Processing (NLP) field.

As in other Machine Learning research fields, use of deep learning in NLP is increasing. The most popular topic in NLP deep learning is sequence-to-sequence learning tasks. This model receives a sequence of discrete symbols (words) and learns to output a correct sequence conditioned by the input.

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Deep Reinforcement Learning Bootcamp: Event Report


2017-09-04 14:49:39

Preferred Networks proudly sponsored an exciting two-day event, Deep Reinforcement Learning Bootcamp, which was held August 26-27th at UC Berkeley.

The instructors of this event included famous researchers in this field, such as Vlad Mnih (DeepMind, creator of DQN), Pieter Abbeel (OpenAI/UC Berkeley), Sergey Levine (Google Brain/UC Berkeley), Andrej Karpathy (Tesla, head of AI), John Schulman (OpenAI) and up-and-coming researchers such as Chelsea Finn, Rocky Duan, and Peter Chen (UC Berkeley).

[Taken from the event page]

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ICML 2017 Report

Brian Vogel

2017-08-25 10:09:00

Preferred Networks (PFN) attended the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) in Sydney, Australia. The first ICML was held in 1980 in Pittsburgh, last year’s conference was in New York, and the 2018 ICML will be held in Stockholm. ICML is one of the largest machine learning conferences, with approximately 2400 people attending this year. There were 434 accepted submissions spanning nearly all areas of machine learning.

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CVPR 2017: Conference Report

Tommi Kerola

2017-08-17 10:00:50

Writers: Richard Calland, Tommi Kerola

Preferred Networks (PFN) attended the CVPR 2017 conference in Honolulu, U.S., one of the flagship conferences for discussing research and applications in computer vision and pattern recognition. Computer vision is of major importance for our activities at PFN, including applications for autonomous driving, robotics, and of course products such as PaintsChainer. Modern computer vision is largely based on deep learning, which is relevant for our continued research and product development. In this blog post, we will briefly summarize trends from this conference, focusing on a few papers relevant to each topic.

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IETF 99 Report

Hirochika Asai

2017-08-08 14:01:13

Hello! I’m Hirochika Asai, working as a researcher at Preferred Networks (PFN). I joined PFN from this April. Today, I briefly report the 99th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) (IETF 99) in this post. I participated in IETF 99, held at Hilton Prague, Prague, Czech. It was the first attendance to the IETF meetings from PFN.

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ICLR 2017: Conference Report & Coming ICML


2017-07-21 11:20:57

I am Takeru Miyato, a researcher at Preferred Networks (PFN), and I participated in  ICLR 2017 (4/24-4/26), which is the biggest conference on deep learning research.

Let me give you a brief overview of the event. ICLR has been held since 2013 and this was the fifth ICLR. The main features of ICLR are:

  • Focus on deep learning and its application. Most of the papers focus on neural networks.
  • Adaptation of open review system. Everyone can join the review process. To be precise, everyone can see the all of the reviews and rebuttals and also can comment, ask questions, and post his or her reviews as public reviews. In addition, authors can update their paper anytime from the feedback until the end of the discussion phase.

As far as I know, there is no other conference exposing the all of the reviews and rebuttals to the public, which I think is interesting / helpful to the people who write or review research papers. Also, some people analyzed the submissions and reviews, and they posted articles with interesting results. Here are some links to a pair of interesting ones:

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IV 2017: Conference Report


2017-07-13 10:56:42

Writers: Tommi Kerola, Shintarou Okada, Shirou Maruyama

Preferred Networks (PFN) was present at the IEEE IV 2017 conference in Redondo Beach, CA, US, one of the flagship conferences for discussing research and applications for intelligent vehicles, including techniques for autonomous driving. Autonomous driving is one of the fields of main importance for PFN, which is why three of our members attended the conference in order to learn more about the latest research, and to connect with people from both academia and the industry. In this blog post, we will briefly summarize trends from this conference, focusing mainly on perception and motion planning.


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Preferred Networks during ICRA: Conference Report


2017-07-03 11:30:12

Preferred Networks (PFN) was present at IEEE ICRA 2017, world’s biggest annual robotics conference, as exhibitor, invited speaker, and silver grade sponsor. A total of 3221 people attended the conference this year, which is more than double of last year’s attendance. As robotics is one of the fields of major importance within PFN, we have sent as much as ten of our members to attend ICRA.

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