Festival of Doubt

The AI group at Victoria University runs an informal discussion series called the Festival of Doubt, for all the staff and students involved in projects covering machine learning. Anyone is welcome to converse or snoop in the Festival of Doubt's Lobby, on gitter: that's where notifications of forthcoming sessions will go.

Currently we meet at 3pm every Wednesday in AM411.

We have a low volume mailing list: you can sign up if you're coming to the sessions, but the lobby chit chat is the best way to stay in touch.


When Topic
1 Feb The CarlSIM Spiking neural net simulator : Will Browne
8 Feb Anomalies are not outliers : Alex Telfar
8 Mar Brainstorming how FoD works : everyone
22 Feb Monotone Operators : Bastiaan Kleijn
22 Feb A Multi-scale Consensus Model for Low-level Vision : Todd Zickler
15 Mar A bit about tensorflow : Mashall
22 Mar The Shattered Gradients Problem (if resnets are the answer, then what is the question?) : David Balduzzi
29 Mar Reputation and the origin of money : Marcus
5 Apr That kernel trick : Kurt Wan-Duo Ma
12 Apr Tensorflow vs PyTorch : Nico Despres
19 Apr Demo for Raspberry Pi : Kurt
10 May Mutual information and all that : Steven (drjellyman?)
17 May GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks) : Hamed Sadeghi
24 May Intro to Variational Inference via Normalising Flows : Mashall
31 May I've been thinking about... : Shima and Harry
7 Jun Thoughts on ML : David Balduzzi
14 Jun Planning session choosing ICML papers to read : everyone
21 June "Failures of Gradient-Based Deep Learning" : all-in
28 June "Sharp Minima Can Generalize For Deep Nets" : Alex Telfar
5th July Variational Boosting https://arxiv.org/abs/1611.06585 : Todd Zickler
12th July Deep CORAL: Correlation Alignment for Deep Domain Adaptation https://arxiv.org/abs/1607.01719 : Kurt
19th July Recurrent highway networks : Harry Ross
26th July Convolutional Sequence to Sequence Learning with Wavenets : Paul Mathews
2nd Aug GANs and stuff : Hamed
9th Aug ICML on, no FoD
16th Aug Paul Rubenstein (student of Carl Rasmussen and
23rd Aug ICML hotness : Marcus and Kurt
30th Aug RKHS and HSIC : Felix and Kurt
6th Sept clash with Prof Martin Butz seminar "From Predictive Sensorimotor Processing to Event-Oriented Conceptualizations"
13th Sept Catchup with everyone who has been away
27th Sept "Variational Inference using Implicit Models" https://arxiv.org/pdf/1702.08235.pdf : Mashall
4th Oct More on Implicit Models : Mashall
11th Oct The symbol grounding problem, with Prof Mark Steedman (Edinburgh)
18th Oct "Duality of Graphical models and tensor networks" (Robeva and Seigal) : Alex

montage2013.jpg FoD 2017.jpg David Balduzzi.jpg

Previous years - all the talks since we started talking, in 2002.