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Spatial Fuzzy Clustering on Synthetic Aperture Radar Images to Detect Changes

Aug 25, 2021
Necmettin Bayar, W. T Al-Shaibani, Ibraheem Shayea, Abdulkader Taha, Azizul Azizan

Data and data sources have become increasingly essential in recent decades. Scientists and researchers require more data to deploy AI approaches as the field continues to improve. In recent years, the rapid technological advancements have had a significant impact on human existence. One major field for collecting data is satellite technology. With the fast development of various satellite sensor equipment, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images have become an important source of data for a variety of research subjects, including environmental studies, urban studies, coastal extraction, water sources, etc. Change detection and coastline detection are both achieved using SAR pictures. However, speckle noise is a major problem in SAR imaging. Several solutions have been offered to address this issue. One solution is to expose SAR images to spatial fuzzy clustering. Another solution is to separate speech. This study utilises the spatial function to overcome speckle noise and cluster the SAR images with the highest achieved accuracy. The spatial function is proposed in this work since the likelihood of data falling into one cluster is what this function is all about. When the spatial function is employed to cluster data in fuzzy logic, the clustering outcomes improve. The proposed clustering technique is us

* 6 pages 

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Grapheme-to-Phoneme Transformer Model for Transfer Learning Dialects

Apr 08, 2021
Eric Engelhart, Mahsa Elyasi, Gaurav Bharaj

Grapheme-to-Phoneme (G2P) models convert words to their phonetic pronunciations. Classic G2P methods include rule-based systems and pronunciation dictionaries, while modern G2P systems incorporate learning, such as, LSTM and Transformer-based attention models. Usually, dictionary-based methods require significant manual effort to build, and have limited adaptivity on unseen words. And transformer-based models require significant training data, and do not generalize well, especially for dialects with limited data. We propose a novel use of transformer-based attention model that can adapt to unseen dialects of English language, while using a small dictionary. We show that our method has potential applications for accent transfer for text-to-speech, and for building robust G2P models for dialects with limited pronunciation dictionary size. We experiment with two English dialects: Indian and British. A model trained from scratch using 1000 words from British English dictionary, with 14211 words held out, leads to phoneme error rate (PER) of 26.877%, on a test set generated using the full dictionary. The same model pretrained on CMUDict American English dictionary, and fine-tuned on the same dataset leads to PER of 2.469% on the test set.

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Split Computing and Early Exiting for Deep Learning Applications: Survey and Research Challenges

Mar 08, 2021
Yoshitomo Matsubara, Marco Levorato, Francesco Restuccia

Mobile devices such as smartphones and autonomous vehicles increasingly rely on deep neural networks (DNNs) to execute complex inference tasks such as image classification and speech recognition, among others. However, continuously executing the entire DNN on the mobile device can quickly deplete its battery. Although task offloading to edge devices may decrease the mobile device's computational burden, erratic patterns in channel quality, network and edge server load can lead to a significant delay in task execution. Recently, approaches based on split computing (SC) have been proposed, where the DNN is split into a head and a tail model, executed respectively on the mobile device and on the edge device. Ultimately, this may reduce bandwidth usage as well as energy consumption. Another approach, called early exiting (EE), trains models to present multiple "exits" earlier in the architecture, each providing increasingly higher target accuracy. Therefore, the trade-off between accuracy and delay can be tuned according to the current conditions or application demands. In this paper, we provide a comprehensive survey of the state of the art in SC and EE strategies, by presenting a comparison of the most relevant approaches. We conclude the paper by providing a set of compelling research challenges.


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Neural model robustness for skill routing in large-scale conversational AI systems: A design choice exploration

Mar 04, 2021
Han Li, Sunghyun Park, Aswarth Dara, Jinseok Nam, Sungjin Lee, Young-Bum Kim, Spyros Matsoukas, Ruhi Sarikaya

Current state-of-the-art large-scale conversational AI or intelligent digital assistant systems in industry comprises a set of components such as Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU). For some of these systems that leverage a shared NLU ontology (e.g., a centralized intent/slot schema), there exists a separate skill routing component to correctly route a request to an appropriate skill, which is either a first-party or third-party application that actually executes on a user request. The skill routing component is needed as there are thousands of skills that can either subscribe to the same intent and/or subscribe to an intent under specific contextual conditions (e.g., device has a screen). Ensuring model robustness or resilience in the skill routing component is an important problem since skills may dynamically change their subscription in the ontology after the skill routing model has been deployed to production. We show how different modeling design choices impact the model robustness in the context of skill routing on a state-of-the-art commercial conversational AI system, specifically on the choices around data augmentation, model architecture, and optimization method. We show that applying data augmentation can be a very effective and practical way to drastically improve model robustness.


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Cross-Modal Generalization: Learning in Low Resource Modalities via Meta-Alignment

Dec 04, 2020
Paul Pu Liang, Peter Wu, Liu Ziyin, Louis-Philippe Morency, Ruslan Salakhutdinov

The natural world is abundant with concepts expressed via visual, acoustic, tactile, and linguistic modalities. Much of the existing progress in multimodal learning, however, focuses primarily on problems where the same set of modalities are present at train and test time, which makes learning in low-resource modalities particularly difficult. In this work, we propose algorithms for cross-modal generalization: a learning paradigm to train a model that can (1) quickly perform new tasks in a target modality (i.e. meta-learning) and (2) doing so while being trained on a different source modality. We study a key research question: how can we ensure generalization across modalities despite using separate encoders for different source and target modalities? Our solution is based on meta-alignment, a novel method to align representation spaces using strongly and weakly paired cross-modal data while ensuring quick generalization to new tasks across different modalities. We study this problem on 3 classification tasks: text to image, image to audio, and text to speech. Our results demonstrate strong performance even when the new target modality has only a few (1-10) labeled samples and in the presence of noisy labels, a scenario particularly prevalent in low-resource modalities.


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Streaming Language Identification using Combination of Acoustic Representations and ASR Hypotheses

Jun 01, 2020
Chander Chandak, Zeynab Raeesy, Ariya Rastrow, Yuzong Liu, Xiangyang Huang, Siyu Wang, Dong Kwon Joo, Roland Maas

This paper presents our modeling and architecture approaches for building a highly accurate low-latency language identification system to support multilingual spoken queries for voice assistants. A common approach to solve multilingual speech recognition is to run multiple monolingual ASR systems in parallel and rely on a language identification (LID) component that detects the input language. Conventionally, LID relies on acoustic only information to detect input language. We propose an approach that learns and combines acoustic level representations with embeddings estimated on ASR hypotheses resulting in up to 50% relative reduction of identification error rate, compared to a model that uses acoustic only features. Furthermore, to reduce the processing cost and latency, we exploit a streaming architecture to identify the spoken language early when the system reaches a predetermined confidence level, alleviating the need to run multiple ASR systems until the end of input query. The combined acoustic and text LID, coupled with our proposed streaming runtime architecture, results in an average of 1500ms early identification for more than 50% of utterances, with almost no degradation in accuracy. We also show improved results by adopting a semi-supervised learning (SSL) technique using the newly proposed model architecture as a teacher model.

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Entangled Watermarks as a Defense against Model Extraction

Feb 27, 2020
Hengrui Jia, Christopher A. Choquette-Choo, Nicolas Papernot

Machine learning involves expensive data collection and training procedures. Model owners may be concerned that valuable intellectual property can be leaked if adversaries mount model extraction attacks. Because it is difficult to defend against model extraction without sacrificing significant prediction accuracy, watermarking leverages unused model capacity to have the model overfit to outlier input-output pairs, which are not sampled from the task distribution and are only known to the defender. The defender then demonstrates knowledge of the input-output pairs to claim ownership of the model at inference. The effectiveness of watermarks remains limited because they are distinct from the task distribution and can thus be easily removed through compression or other forms of knowledge transfer. We introduce Entangled Watermarking Embeddings (EWE). Our approach encourages the model to learn common features for classifying data that is sampled from the task distribution, but also data that encodes watermarks. An adversary attempting to remove watermarks that are entangled with legitimate data is also forced to sacrifice performance on legitimate data. Experiments on MNIST, Fashion-MNIST, and Google Speech Commands validate that the defender can claim model ownership with 95% confidence after less than 10 queries to the stolen copy, at a modest cost of 1% accuracy in the defended model's performance.


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Emotion Recognition Using Speaker Cues

Feb 04, 2020
Ismail Shahin

This research aims at identifying the unknown emotion using speaker cues. In this study, we identify the unknown emotion using a two-stage framework. The first stage focuses on identifying the speaker who uttered the unknown emotion, while the next stage focuses on identifying the unknown emotion uttered by the recognized speaker in the prior stage. This proposed framework has been evaluated on an Arabic Emirati-accented speech database uttered by fifteen speakers per gender. Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs) have been used as the extracted features and Hidden Markov Model (HMM) has been utilized as the classifier in this work. Our findings demonstrate that emotion recognition accuracy based on the two-stage framework is greater than that based on the one-stage approach and the state-of-the-art classifiers and models such as Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM), Support Vector Machine (SVM), and Vector Quantization (VQ). The average emotion recognition accuracy based on the two-stage approach is 67.5%, while the accuracy reaches to 61.4%, 63.3%, 64.5%, and 61.5%, based on the one-stage approach, GMM, SVM, and VQ, respectively. The achieved results based on the two-stage framework are very close to those attained in subjective assessment by human listeners.

* 5 pages 

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Distributed Learning of Deep Neural Networks using Independent Subnet Training

Oct 04, 2019
Binhang Yuan, Anastasios Kyrillidis, Christopher M. Jermaine

Stochastic gradient descent (SGD) is the method of choice for distributed machine learning, by virtue of its light complexity per iteration on compute nodes, leading to almost linear speedups in theory. Nevertheless, such speedups are rarely observed in practice, due to high communication overheads during synchronization steps. We alleviate this problem by introducing independent subnet training: a simple, jointly model-parallel and data-parallel, approach to distributed training for fully connected, feed-forward neural networks. During subnet training, neurons are stochastically partitioned without replacement, and each partition is sent only to a single worker. This reduces the overall synchronization overhead, as each worker only receives the weights associated with the subnetwork it has been assigned to. Subnet training also reduces synchronization frequency: since workers train disjoint portions of the network, the training can proceed for long periods of time before synchronization, similar to local SGD approaches. We empirically evaluate our approach on real-world speech recognition and product recommendation applications, where we observe that subnet training i) results into accelerated training times, as compared to state of the art distributed models, and ii) often results into boosting the testing accuracy, as it implicitly combines dropout and batch normalization regularizations during training.


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Learning Calibratable Policies using Programmatic Style-Consistency

Oct 02, 2019
Eric Zhan, Albert Tseng, Yisong Yue, Adith Swaminathan, Matthew Hausknecht

We study the important and challenging problem of controllable generation of long-term sequential behaviors. Solutions to this problem would impact many applications, such as calibrating behaviors of AI agents in games or predicting player trajectories in sports. In contrast to the well-studied areas of controllable generation of images, text, and speech, there are significant challenges that are unique to or exacerbated by generating long-term behaviors: how should we specify the factors of variation to control, and how can we ensure that the generated temporal behavior faithfully demonstrates diverse styles? In this paper, we leverage large amounts of raw behavioral data to learn policies that can be calibrated to generate a diverse range of behavior styles (e.g., aggressive versus passive play in sports). Inspired by recent work on leveraging programmatic labeling functions, we present a novel framework that combines imitation learning with data programming to learn style-calibratable policies. Our primary technical contribution is a formal notion of style-consistency as a learning objective, and its integration with conventional imitation learning approaches. We evaluate our framework using demonstrations from professional basketball players and agents in the MuJoCo physics environment, and show that our learned policies can be accurately calibrated to generate interesting behavior styles in both domains.


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