Fwd: LTI Colloquium: March 8th, Ray Mooney

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Emily Ahn

Mar 4, 2019, 1:49:40 PM3/4/19
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Hello everyone,

Here is our speaker for this week, right before spring break!

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From: Tessa Samuelson <tes...@andrew.cmu.edu>
Date: Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 12:24 PM
Subject: LTI Colloquium: March 8th, Ray Mooney
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Hello everyone,

Here is the LTI colloquium guest speaker for this week:

Who: Ray Mooney
Where: Doherty Hall 2315  
When: 2:30-3:50pm
When: Friday March 8th, 2019

explainable ai: making visual question answering systems more transparent


Artificial Intelligence systems’ ability to explain their conclusions is crucial to their utility and trustworthiness. Deep neural networks have enabled significant progress on many challenging problems such as visual question answering (VQA),  the task of answering natural language questions about images. However, most of them are opaque black boxes with limited explanatory capability. The goal of Explainable AI is to increase the transparency of complex AI systems such as deep networks.

We have developed a novel approach to XAI and used it to build a high-performing VQA system that can elucidate its answers with multi-modal natural-language and visual explanations that faithfully reflect important aspects of its underlying reasoning while capturing the style of comprehensible human explanations. Crowd-sourced human evaluation of these explanations demonstrate the advantages of our approach.


Raymond J. Mooney is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He is an author of over 170 published research papers, primarily in the areas of machine learning and natural language processing.

 He was the President of the International Machine Learning Society from 2008-2011, program co-chair for AAAI 2006, general chair for HLT-EMNLP 2005, and co-chair for ICML 1990. He is a Fellow of AAAI, ACM, and ACL and the recipient of the Classic Paper award from AAAI-19 and best paper awards from AAAI-96, KDD-04, ICML-05 and ACL-07.

Vidoes for LTI Colloquium can be found here.
Attached is the list of upcoming LTI speakers.

Note: attendance is not compulsory, but we hope everyone to be there as this will be a particularly exciting talk. There will also be snacks and refreshments afterwards, so what better way to launch one's Spring Break than with cookies and coffee? (and cheese, there will be cheese again for those who have been requesting it).

Hope to see everyone there!

Tessa G. Samuelson

Language Technologies Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
6719 Gates Hillman Center

LTI Colloquium Speakers Spring 2019.pdf
Ray Mooney, Poster.pdf
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