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Can Machines Help Us Answering Question 16 in Datasheets, and In Turn Reflecting on Inappropriate Content?

Feb 14, 2022
Patrick Schramowski, Christopher Tauchmann, Kristian Kersting

Large datasets underlying much of current machine learning raise serious issues concerning inappropriate content such as offensive, insulting, threatening, or might otherwise cause anxiety. This calls for increased dataset documentation, e.g., using datasheets. They, among other topics, encourage to reflect on the composition of the datasets. So far, this documentation, however, is done manually and therefore can be tedious and error-prone, especially for large image datasets. Here we ask the arguably "circular" question of whether a machine can help us reflect on inappropriate content, answering Question 16 in Datasheets. To this end, we propose to use the information stored in pre-trained transformer models to assist us in the documentation process. Specifically, prompt-tuning based on a dataset of socio-moral values steers CLIP to identify potentially inappropriate content, therefore reducing human labor. We then document the inappropriate images found using word clouds, based on captions generated using a vision-language model. The documentations of two popular, large-scale computer vision datasets -- ImageNet and OpenImages -- produced this way suggest that machines can indeed help dataset creators to answer Question 16 on inappropriate image content.

* arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:2110.04222 

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Physics-informed neural networks for non-Newtonian fluid thermo-mechanical problems: an application to rubber calendering process

Jan 31, 2022
Thi Nguyen Khoa Nguyen, Thibault Dairay, Raphaël Meunier, Mathilde Mougeot

Physics-Informed Neural Networks (PINNs) have gained much attention in various fields of engineering thanks to their capability of incorporating physical laws into the models. However, the assessment of PINNs in industrial applications involving coupling between mechanical and thermal fields is still an active research topic. In this work, we present an application of PINNs to a non-Newtonian fluid thermo-mechanical problem which is often considered in the rubber calendering process. We demonstrate the effectiveness of PINNs when dealing with inverse and ill-posed problems, which are impractical to be solved by classical numerical discretization methods. We study the impact of the placement of the sensors and the distribution of unsupervised points on the performance of PINNs in a problem of inferring hidden physical fields from some partial data. We also investigate the capability of PINNs to identify unknown physical parameters from the measurements captured by sensors. The effect of noisy measurements is also considered throughout this work. The results of this paper demonstrate that in the problem of identification, PINNs can successfully estimate the unknown parameters using only the measurements on the sensors. In ill-posed problems where boundary conditions are not completely defined, even though the placement of the sensors and the distribution of unsupervised points have a great impact on PINNs performance, we show that the algorithm is able to infer the hidden physics from local measurements.

* 16 pages, 30 figures, 4 tables 

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Rethinking Adjacent Dependency in Session-based Recommendations

Jan 29, 2022
Qian Zhang, Shoujin Wang, Wenpeng Lu, Chong Feng, Xueping Peng, Qingxiang Wang

Session-based recommendations (SBRs) recommend the next item for an anonymous user by modeling the dependencies between items in a session. Benefiting from the superiority of graph neural networks (GNN) in learning complex dependencies, GNN-based SBRs have become the main stream of SBRs in recent years. Most GNN-based SBRs are based on a strong assumption of adjacent dependency, which means any two adjacent items in a session are necessarily dependent here. However, based on our observation, the adjacency does not necessarily indicate dependency due to the uncertainty and complexity of user behaviours. Therefore, the aforementioned assumption does not always hold in the real-world cases and thus easily leads to two deficiencies: (1) the introduction of false dependencies between items which are adjacent in a session but are not really dependent, and (2) the missing of true dependencies between items which are not adjacent but are actually dependent. Such deficiencies significantly downgrade accurate dependency learning and thus reduce the recommendation performance. Aiming to address these deficiencies, we propose a novel review-refined inter-item graph neural network (RI-GNN), which utilizes the topic information extracted from items' reviews to refine dependencies between items. Experiments on two public real-world datasets demonstrate that RI-GNN outperforms the state-of-the-art methods.

* 12 pages, 4 figures, conference 

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Spherical Poisson Point Process Intensity Function Modeling and Estimation with Measure Transport

Jan 24, 2022
Tin Lok James Ng, Andrew Zammit-Mangion

Recent years have seen an increased interest in the application of methods and techniques commonly associated with machine learning and artificial intelligence to spatial statistics. Here, in a celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the journal Spatial Statistics, we bring together normalizing flows, commonly used for density function estimation in machine learning, and spherical point processes, a topic of particular interest to the journal's readership, to present a new approach for modeling non-homogeneous Poisson process intensity functions on the sphere. The central idea of this framework is to build, and estimate, a flexible bijective map that transforms the underlying intensity function of interest on the sphere into a simpler, reference, intensity function, also on the sphere. Map estimation can be done efficiently using automatic differentiation and stochastic gradient descent, and uncertainty quantification can be done straightforwardly via nonparametric bootstrap. We investigate the viability of the proposed method in a simulation study, and illustrate its use in a proof-of-concept study where we model the intensity of cyclone events in the North Pacific Ocean. Our experiments reveal that normalizing flows present a flexible and straightforward way to model intensity functions on spheres, but that their potential to yield a good fit depends on the architecture of the bijective map, which can be difficult to establish in practice.

* 23 pages, 5 figures 

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Enhancing Pseudo Label Quality for Semi-SupervisedDomain-Generalized Medical Image Segmentation

Jan 21, 2022
Huifeng Yao, Xiaowei Hu, Xiaomeng Li

Generalizing the medical image segmentation algorithms tounseen domains is an important research topic for computer-aided diagnosis and surgery. Most existing methods requirea fully labeled dataset in each source domain. Although (Liuet al. 2021b) developed a semi-supervised domain general-ized method, it still requires the domain labels. This paperpresents a novel confidence-aware cross pseudo supervisionalgorithm for semi-supervised domain generalized medicalimage segmentation. The main goal is to enhance the pseudolabel quality for unlabeled images from unknown distribu-tions. To achieve it, we perform the Fourier transformationto learn low-level statistic information across domains andaugment the images to incorporate cross-domain information.With these augmentations as perturbations, we feed the inputto a confidence-aware cross pseudo supervision network tomeasure the variance of pseudo labels and regularize the net-work to learn with more confident pseudo labels. Our methodsets new records on public datasets,i.e., M&Ms and SCGM.Notably, without using domain labels, our method surpassesthe prior art that even uses domain labels by 11.67% on Diceon M&Ms dataset with 2% labeled data. Code will be avail-able after the conference.

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On Maximum-a-Posteriori estimation with Plug & Play priors and stochastic gradient descent

Jan 16, 2022
Rémi Laumont, Valentin de Bortoli, Andrés Almansa, Julie Delon, Alain Durmus, Marcelo Pereyra

Bayesian methods to solve imaging inverse problems usually combine an explicit data likelihood function with a prior distribution that explicitly models expected properties of the solution. Many kinds of priors have been explored in the literature, from simple ones expressing local properties to more involved ones exploiting image redundancy at a non-local scale. In a departure from explicit modelling, several recent works have proposed and studied the use of implicit priors defined by an image denoising algorithm. This approach, commonly known as Plug & Play (PnP) regularisation, can deliver remarkably accurate results, particularly when combined with state-of-the-art denoisers based on convolutional neural networks. However, the theoretical analysis of PnP Bayesian models and algorithms is difficult and works on the topic often rely on unrealistic assumptions on the properties of the image denoiser. This papers studies maximum-a-posteriori (MAP) estimation for Bayesian models with PnP priors. We first consider questions related to existence, stability and well-posedness, and then present a convergence proof for MAP computation by PnP stochastic gradient descent (PnP-SGD) under realistic assumptions on the denoiser used. We report a range of imaging experiments demonstrating PnP-SGD as well as comparisons with other PnP schemes.

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Computational Lens on Cognition: Study Of Autobiographical Versus Imagined Stories With Large-Scale Language Models

Jan 07, 2022
Maarten Sap, Anna Jafarpour, Yejin Choi, Noah A. Smith, James W. Pennebaker, Eric Horvitz

Lifelong experiences and learned knowledge lead to shared expectations about how common situations tend to unfold. Such knowledge enables people to interpret story narratives and identify salient events effortlessly. We study differences in the narrative flow of events in autobiographical versus imagined stories using GPT-3, one of the largest neural language models created to date. The diary-like stories were written by crowdworkers about either a recently experienced event or an imagined event on the same topic. To analyze the narrative flow of events of these stories, we measured sentence *sequentiality*, which compares the probability of a sentence with and without its preceding story context. We found that imagined stories have higher sequentiality than autobiographical stories, and that the sequentiality of autobiographical stories is higher when they are retold than when freshly recalled. Through an annotation of events in story sentences, we found that the story types contain similar proportions of major salient events, but that the autobiographical stories are denser in factual minor events. Furthermore, in comparison to imagined stories, autobiographical stories contain more concrete words and words related to the first person, cognitive processes, time, space, numbers, social words, and core drives and needs. Our findings highlight the opportunity to investigate memory and cognition with large-scale statistical language models.

* Equal contribution from Sap and Jafarpour; in review 

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Toward a Wearable Biosensor Ecosystem on ROS 2 for Real-time Human-Robot Interaction Systems

Oct 08, 2021
Wonse Jo, Robert Wilson, Jaeeun Kim, Steve McGuire, Byung-Cheol Min

Wearable biosensors can enable continuous human data capture, facilitating development of real-world Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) systems. However, a lack of standardized libraries and implementations adds extraneous complexity to HRI system designs, and precludes collaboration across disciplines and institutions. Here, we introduce a novel wearable biosensor package for the Robot Operating System 2 (ROS 2) system. The ROS2 officially supports real-time computing and multi-robot systems, and thus provides easy-to-use and reliable streaming data from multiple nodes. The package standardizes biosensor HRI integration, lowers the technical barrier of entry, and expands the biosensor ecosystem into the robotics field. Each biosensor package node follows a generalized node and topic structure concentrated on ease of use. Current package capabilities, listed by biosensor, highlight package standardization. Collected example data demonstrate a full integration of each biosensor into ROS2. We expect that standardization of this biosensors package for ROS2 will greatly simplify use and cross-collaboration across many disciplines. The wearable biosensor package is made publicly available on GitHub at \

* This paper was accepted to the IROS 2021: Workshop on Cognitive and Social Aspects of Human Multi-Robot Interaction (HMRS 2021). The proposed ROS2 package is available to download from 

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Empowering Local Communities Using Artificial Intelligence

Oct 05, 2021
Yen-Chia Hsu, Ting-Hao 'Kenneth' Huang, Himanshu Verma, Andrea Mauri, Illah Nourbakhsh, Alessandro Bozzon

Many powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques have been engineered with the goals of high performance and accuracy. Recently, AI algorithms have been integrated into diverse and real-world applications. It has become an important topic to explore the impact of AI on society from a people-centered perspective. Previous works in citizen science have identified methods of using AI to engage the public in research, such as sustaining participation, verifying data quality, classifying and labeling objects, predicting user interests, and explaining data patterns. These works investigated the challenges regarding how scientists design AI systems for citizens to participate in research projects at a large geographic scale in a generalizable way, such as building applications for citizens globally to participate in completing tasks. In contrast, we are interested in another area that receives significantly less attention: how scientists co-design AI systems "with" local communities to influence a particular geographical region, such as community-based participatory projects. Specifically, this article discusses the challenges of applying AI in Community Citizen Science, a framework to create social impact through community empowerment at an intensely place-based local scale. We provide insights in this under-explored area of focus to connect scientific research closely to social issues and citizen needs.

* this manuscript was submitted to a journal and is currently under review 

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Adversarial Example Devastation and Detection on Speech Recognition System by Adding Random Noise

Sep 09, 2021
Mingyu Dong, Diqun Yan, Yongkang Gong, Rangding Wang

The automatic speech recognition (ASR) system based on deep neural network is easy to be attacked by an adversarial example due to the vulnerability of neural network, which is a hot topic in recent years. The adversarial example does harm to the ASR system, especially if the common-dependent ASR goes wrong, it will lead to serious consequences. To improve the robustness and security of the ASR system, the defense method against adversarial examples must be proposed. Based on this idea, we propose an algorithm of devastation and detection on adversarial examples which can attack the current advanced ASR system. We choose advanced text-dependent and command-dependent ASR system as our target system. Generating adversarial examples by the OPT on text-dependent ASR and the GA-based algorithm on command-dependent ASR. The main idea of our method is input transformation of the adversarial examples. Different random intensities and kinds of noise are added to the adversarial examples to devastate the perturbation previously added to the normal examples. From the experimental results, the method performs well. For the devastation of examples, the original speech similarity before and after adding noise can reach 99.68%, the similarity of the adversarial examples can reach 0%, and the detection rate of the adversarial examples can reach 94%.

* 20 pages, 5 figures, Submitted to Multimedia Systems 

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