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March AI, ML, and Data Science Meetup

March 21, 2024 | 10 AM PT, 17:00 UTC

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Talks and Speakers

Visual Anagrams: Generating Multi-View Optical Illusions with Diffusion Models

Andrew Owens
at the University of Michigan

Images that change their appearance under a transformation, such as a rotation or a flip, have long fascinated students of perception, from Salvador Dalli to M. C. Escher. The appeal of these multi-view optical illusions lies partly in the challenge of arranging visual elements such that they may be understood in multiple different ways. Creating these illusions requires accurately modeling—and then subverting—visual perception. We propose a simple, zero-shot method for obtaining these illusions from off-the-shelf text-to-image diffusion models. During the reverse diffusion process, we estimate the noise from different views of a noisy image. We then combine these noise estimates together and denoise the image. A theoretical analysis suggests that this method works precisely for views that can be written as orthogonal transformations. An important special case of these transformations are permutations of an image’s pixels, which we use to create a variety of “anagram” illusions, such as jigsaw puzzles that can be solved in two different ways.

About the Speaker

Andrew Owens is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2016. He is a recipient of a Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Best Paper Honorable Mention Award, and a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship.

Omnidirectional Computer Vision

Ciarán Eising
at the University of Limerick & the D2iCE Research Group

Omnidirectional cameras are a different camera modality than what we are typically used to, where we sacrifice nice geometry for significantly larger fields-of-view. Ciarán will discuss Omnidirectional cameras, how to represent them geometrically, optical effects of using omnidirectional cameras, neural networks on omnidirectional cameras, and applications that use omnidirectional cameras.

About the Speaker

Ciarán Eising is an Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision at the University of Limerick, Ireland and co-founder of the D2iCE Research Group. Prior to joining the University of Limerick, Ciarán was a Senior Expert of Computer Vision (director level) at Valeo, designing omnidirectional vision algorithms for low-speed vehicle automation.

Illuminating the Underground World with Multimodal Algorithms

Adonaí Vera 
Machine Learning Engineer

Dive deep into the future of underground exploration! This talk introduces a groundbreaking approach that leverages the power of multimodal algorithms, combining advanced computer vision techniques, SLAM algorithms, sensor metadata, and GIS data. By integrating diverse data streams, we unlock unprecedented levels of detail and accuracy in underground inspections, paving the way for safer, more efficient, and insightful subterranean analyses.

About the Speaker

Adonaí Vera is a Machine Learning Engineer with expertise in computer vision and AI algorithms, specializing in AI solutions for underground inspections using TensorFlow and OpenCV. Recognized by Google as a top TensorFlow developer in Colombia, he is also the founder of a company focused on AI innovations and currently contributes his expertise to Subterra AI.

The Role of AI in Fixing Hiring

Saurav Pandit, PhD
at AI 2030

From writing job descriptions, to sourcing candidates, to interviews and evaluation – our current hiring practices are often rife with human bias. Even when such bias is unconscious, it can result in expensive mis-hires. This talk explores the types of biases and the pivotal role of AI in mitigating them. We will discuss the common sources of bias in hiring, the current AI landscape that attempts to address these issues and further opportunities.

About the Speaker

Saurav Pandit is a seasoned AI leader with expertise in natural language understanding, search and language models. He is on the advisory board of AI 2030, an initiative that promotes AI for good.