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Infusing Future Information into Monotonic Attention Through Language Models

Sep 07, 2021
Mohd Abbas Zaidi, Sathish Indurthi, Beomseok Lee, Nikhil Kumar Lakumarapu, Sangha Kim

Simultaneous neural machine translation(SNMT) models start emitting the target sequence before they have processed the source sequence. The recent adaptive policies for SNMT use monotonic attention to perform read/write decisions based on the partial source and target sequences. The lack of sufficient information might cause the monotonic attention to take poor read/write decisions, which in turn negatively affects the performance of the SNMT model. On the other hand, human translators make better read/write decisions since they can anticipate the immediate future words using linguistic information and domain knowledge.Motivated by human translators, in this work, we propose a framework to aid monotonic attention with an external language model to improve its decisions.We conduct experiments on the MuST-C English-German and English-French speech-to-text translation tasks to show the effectiveness of the proposed framework.The proposed SNMT method improves the quality-latency trade-off over the state-of-the-art monotonic multihead attention.


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Improving a neural network model by explanation-guided training for glioma classification based on MRI data

Jul 05, 2021
Frantisek Sefcik, Wanda Benesova

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) systems have come to the forefront. These systems, mostly based on Deep learning (DL), achieve excellent results in areas such as image processing, natural language processing, or speech recognition. Despite the statistically high accuracy of deep learning models, their output is often a decision of "black box". Thus, Interpretability methods have become a popular way to gain insight into the decision-making process of deep learning models. Explanation of a deep learning model is desirable in the medical domain since the experts have to justify their judgments to the patient. In this work, we proposed a method for explanation-guided training that uses a Layer-wise relevance propagation (LRP) technique to force the model to focus only on the relevant part of the image. We experimentally verified our method on a convolutional neural network (CNN) model for low-grade and high-grade glioma classification problems. Our experiments show promising results in a way to use interpretation techniques in the model training process.

* 8 pages, 7 figures, submitted for review to the journal "Machine vision and applications" (in reviewing process) 

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Cross-lingual Text Classification with Heterogeneous Graph Neural Network

May 24, 2021
Ziyun Wang, Xuan Liu, Peiji Yang, Shixing Liu, Zhisheng Wang

Cross-lingual text classification aims at training a classifier on the source language and transferring the knowledge to target languages, which is very useful for low-resource languages. Recent multilingual pretrained language models (mPLM) achieve impressive results in cross-lingual classification tasks, but rarely consider factors beyond semantic similarity, causing performance degradation between some language pairs. In this paper we propose a simple yet effective method to incorporate heterogeneous information within and across languages for cross-lingual text classification using graph convolutional networks (GCN). In particular, we construct a heterogeneous graph by treating documents and words as nodes, and linking nodes with different relations, which include part-of-speech roles, semantic similarity, and document translations. Extensive experiments show that our graph-based method significantly outperforms state-of-the-art models on all tasks, and also achieves consistent performance gain over baselines in low-resource settings where external tools like translators are unavailable.

* Accepted by ACL 2021 (short paper) 

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Quantization of Deep Neural Networks for Accurate EdgeComputing

Apr 25, 2021
Wentao Chen, Hailong Qiu, Jian Zhuang, Chutong Zhang, Yu Hu, Qing Lu, Tianchen Wang, Yiyu Shi†, Meiping Huang, Xiaowe Xu

Deep neural networks (DNNs) have demonstrated their great potential in recent years, exceeding the per-formance of human experts in a wide range of applications. Due to their large sizes, however, compressiontechniques such as weight quantization and pruning are usually applied before they can be accommodated onthe edge. It is generally believed that quantization leads to performance degradation, and plenty of existingworks have explored quantization strategies aiming at minimum accuracy loss. In this paper, we argue thatquantization, which essentially imposes regularization on weight representations, can sometimes help toimprove accuracy. We conduct comprehensive experiments on three widely used applications: fully con-nected network (FCN) for biomedical image segmentation, convolutional neural network (CNN) for imageclassification on ImageNet, and recurrent neural network (RNN) for automatic speech recognition, and experi-mental results show that quantization can improve the accuracy by 1%, 1.95%, 4.23% on the three applicationsrespectively with 3.5x-6.4x memory reduction.

* 11 pages, 3 figures, 10 tables, accepted by the ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC) 

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Improved Meta-learning training for Speaker Verification

Mar 29, 2021
Yafeng Chen, Wu Guo, Bin Gu

Meta-learning (ML) has recently become a research hotspot in speaker verification (SV). We introduce two methods to improve the meta-learning training for SV in this paper. For the first method, a backbone embedding network is first jointly trained with the conventional cross entropy loss and prototypical networks (PN) loss. Then, inspired by speaker adaptive training in speech recognition, additional transformation coefficients are trained with only the PN loss. The transformation coefficients are used to modify the original backbone embedding network in the x-vector extraction process. Furthermore, the random erasing (RE) data augmentation technique is applied to all support samples in each episode to construct positive pairs, and a contrastive loss between the augmented and the original support samples is added to the objective in model training. Experiments are carried out on the Speaker in the Wild (SITW) and VOiCES databases. Both of the methods can obtain consistent improvements over existing meta-learning training frameworks. By combining these two methods, we can observe further improvements on these two databases.


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Scalable Optical Learning Operator

Dec 22, 2020
Uğur Teğin, Mustafa Yıldırım, İlker Oğuz, Christophe Moser, Demetri Psaltis

Today's heavy machine learning tasks are fueled by large datasets. Computing is performed with power hungry processors whose performance is ultimately limited by the data transfer to and from memory. Optics is one of the powerful means of communicating and processing information and there is intense current interest in optical information processing for realizing high-speed computations. Here we present and experimentally demonstrate an optical computing framework based on spatiotemporal effects in multimode fibers for a range of learning tasks from classifying COVID-19 X-ray lung images and speech recognition to predicting age from face images. The presented framework overcomes the energy scaling problem of existing systems without compromising speed. We leveraged simultaneous, linear, and nonlinear interaction of spatial modes as a computation engine. We numerically and experimentally showed the ability of the method to execute several different tasks with accuracy comparable to a digital implementation. Our results indicate that a powerful supercomputer would be required to duplicate the performance of the multimode fiber-based computer.

* Main text: 19 pages, 7 figures. Supplementary material: 10 pages, 13 figures 

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Contrastive Unsupervised Learning for Audio Fingerprinting

Oct 26, 2020
Zhesong Yu, Xingjian Du, Bilei Zhu, Zejun Ma

The rise of video-sharing platforms has attracted more and more people to shoot videos and upload them to the Internet. These videos mostly contain a carefully-edited background audio track, where serious speech change, pitch shifting and various types of audio effects may involve, and existing audio identification systems may fail to recognize the audio. To solve this problem, in this paper, we introduce the idea of contrastive learning to the task of audio fingerprinting (AFP). Contrastive learning is an unsupervised approach to learn representations that can effectively group similar samples and discriminate dissimilar ones. In our work, we consider an audio track and its differently distorted versions as similar while considering different audio tracks as dissimilar. Based on the momentum contrast (MoCo) framework, we devise a contrastive learning method for AFP, which can generate fingerprints that are both discriminative and robust. A set of experiments showed that our AFP method is effective for audio identification, with robustness to serious audio distortions, including the challenging speed change and pitch shifting.

* 5 pages 

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Large-Scale Intelligent Microservices

Sep 17, 2020
Mark Hamilton, Nick Gonsalves, Christina Lee, Anand Raman, Brendan Walsh, Siddhartha Prasad, Dalitso Banda, Lucy Zhang, Lei Zhang, William T. Freeman

Deploying Machine Learning (ML) algorithms within databases is a challenge due to the varied computational footprints of modern ML algorithms and the myriad of database technologies each with their own restrictive syntax. We introduce an Apache Spark-based micro-service orchestration framework that extends database operations to include web service primitives. Our system can orchestrate web services across hundreds of machines and takes full advantage of cluster, thread, and asynchronous parallelism. Using this framework, we provide large scale clients for intelligent services such as speech, vision, search, anomaly detection, and text analysis. This allows users to integrate ready-to-use intelligence into any datastore with an Apache Spark connector. To eliminate the majority of overhead from network communication, we also introduce a low-latency containerized version of our architecture. Finally, we demonstrate that the services we investigate are competitive on a variety of benchmarks, and present two applications of this framework to create intelligent search engines, and real time auto race analytics systems.


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CacheNet: A Model Caching Framework for Deep Learning Inference on the Edge

Jul 03, 2020
Yihao Fang, Shervin Manzuri Shalmani, Rong Zheng

The success of deep neural networks (DNN) in machine perception applications such as image classification and speech recognition comes at the cost of high computation and storage complexity. Inference of uncompressed large scale DNN models can only run in the cloud with extra communication latency back and forth between cloud and end devices, while compressed DNN models achieve real-time inference on end devices at the price of lower predictive accuracy. In order to have the best of both worlds (latency and accuracy), we propose CacheNet, a model caching framework. CacheNet caches low-complexity models on end devices and high-complexity (or full) models on edge or cloud servers. By exploiting temporal locality in streaming data, high cache hit and consequently shorter latency can be achieved with no or only marginal decrease in prediction accuracy. Experiments on CIFAR-10 and FVG have shown CacheNet is 58-217% faster than baseline approaches that run inference tasks on end devices or edge servers alone.


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ParasNet: Fast Parasites Detection with Neural Networks

Mar 24, 2020
X. F. Xu, S. Talbot, T. Selvaraja

Deep learning has dramatically improved the performance in many application areas such as image classification, object detection, speech recognition, drug discovery and etc since 2012. Where deep learning algorithms promise to discover the intricate hidden information inside the data by leveraging the large dataset, advanced model and computing power. Although deep learning techniques show medical expert level performance in a lot of medical applications, but some of the applications are still not explored or under explored due to the variation of the species. In this work, we studied the bright field based cell level Cryptosporidium and Giardia detection in the drink water with deep learning. Our experimental demonstrates that the new developed deep learning-based algorithm surpassed the handcrafted SVM based algorithm with above 97 percentage in accuracy and 700+fps in speed on embedded Jetson TX2 platform. Our research will lead to real-time and high accuracy label-free cell level Cryptosporidium and Giardia detection system in the future.


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