December 6, 2016

Feedback Neural Network for Weakly Supervised Geo-Semantic Segmentation


We propose a novel neural network architecture to perform weakly-supervised learning by suppressing irrelevant neuron activations. When applied to a practical challenge of transforming satellite images into a map of settlements and individual buildings it delivers results that show superior performance and efficiency.

Xianming Liu, Amy Zhang, Tobias Tiecke, Andreas Gros, Thomas S. Huang
December 6, 2016

Population Density Estimation with Deconvolutional Neural Networks

Workshop on Large Scale Computer Vision at NIPS 2016

This work is part of the initiative to provide connectivity all over the world. Population density data is helpful in driving a variety of technology decisions, but currently, a microscopic dataset of population doesn’t exist. Current state of the art population density datasets are at ~1000km2 resolution. To create a better dataset, we have obtained 1PB of satellite imagery at 50cm/pixel resolution to feed through our building classification pipeline.

Amy Zhang, Andreas Gros, Tobias Tiecke, Xianming Liu
November 30, 2016

Semantic Segmentation using Adversarial Networks

Workshop on Adversarial Training at NIPS 2016

Adversarial training has been shown to produce state of the art results for generative image modeling. In this paper we propose an adversarial training approach to train semantic segmentation models.

Pauline Luc, Camille Couprie, Soumith Chintala, Jakob Verbeek
November 16, 2016

Performance or Capacity? Different Approaches for Different Tasks

International Conference for Performance and Capacity (CMGimPACt)

Measurement and aggregation approaches that are used in performance monitoring are not always useful for capacity planning, while approaches that we use in capacity planning are often meaningless for performance analysis. This paper explores this gap and discusses ways to reconcile the two tasks.

Alexander Gilgur, Steve Politis
November 13, 2016

Continuous Deployment of Mobile Software at Facebook (Showcase)

ACM SIGSOFT: International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2016)

This paper describes in detail the software update mobile deployment process at Facebook.

Chuck Rossi, Elisa Shibley, Shi Su, Kent Beck, Tony Savor, Michael Stumm
November 8, 2016

Performance or Capacity

CMG imPACt, Conference by the Computer Measurement Group

We explore the gap between measurement and aggregation approaches used in performance monitoring, which are not always useful for capacity planning, vs approaches used in capacity planning are often meaningless for performance analysis, and discusses ways to reconcile the two tasks.

Alexander Gilgur, Steve Politis
November 2, 2016

DQBarge: Improving Data-Quality Tradeoffs in Large-Scale Internet Services

OSDI 2016

DQBarge is a system that enables better data-quality tradeoffs by propagating critical information along the causal path of request processing.

Jason Flinn, Kaushik Veeraraghavan, Michael Cafarella, Michael Chow
November 2, 2016

Kraken: Leveraging Live Traffic Tests to Identify and Resolve Resource Utilization Bottlenecks in Large Scale Web Services

OSDI 2016

Kraken is a new system that runs load tests by continually shifting live user traffic to one or more data centers.

Kaushik Veeraraghavan, Justin Meza, David Chou, Wonho Kim, Sonia Margulis, Scott Michelson, Rajesh Nishtala, Daniel Obenshain, Dmitri Perelman, Yee Jiun Song
November 1, 2016

Neural Text Generation from Structured Data with Application to the Biography Domain

Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP)

This paper introduces a neural model for concept-to-text generation that scales to large, rich domains.

Remi Lebret, David Grangier, Michael Auli
October 31, 2016

Online Social Integration is Associated with Reduced Mortality Risk


We reference 12 million social media profiles against California Department of Public Health vital records and use longitudinal statistical models to assess whether social media use is associated with longer life.

Moira Burke, William Hobbs, James H. Fowler, Nicholas Christakis
October 28, 2016

Bilingual Methods for Adaptive Training Data Selection for Machine Translation

Association for the Machine Translation in Americas

We propose a new data selection method which uses semi-supervised convolutional neural networks based on bitokens (Bi-SSCNNs) for training machine translation systems from a large bilingual

Boxing Chen, Roland Kuhn, George Foster, Colin Cherry, Fei Huang
October 10, 2016

Learning to Refine Object Segments

European Conference on Computer Vision

In this work we propose to augment feedforward nets for object segmentation with a novel top-down refinement approach.

Pedro O. Pinheiro, Tsung-Yi Lin, Ronan Collobert, Piotr Dollar
October 10, 2016

Revisiting Visual Question Answering Baselines

European Conference on Computer Vision 2016

This paper questions the value of common practices and develops a simple alternative model based on binary classification.

Allan Jabri, Armand Joulin, Laurens van der Maaten
October 10, 2016

Polysemous Codes

European Conference on Computer Vision 2016 (ECCV)

This paper considers the problem of approximate nearest neighbor search in the compressed domain.

Matthijs Douze, Hervé Jégou, Florent Perronnin
October 8, 2016

Learning Visual Features from Large Weakly Supervised Data

European Conference on Computer Vision

In this paper, we explore the potential of leveraging massive, weakly-labeled image collections for learning good visual features.

Allan Jabri, Armand Joulin, Laurens van der Maaten, Nicolas Vasilache
September 18, 2016

A MultiPath Network for Object Detection


We test three modifications to the standard Fast R-CNN object detector to determine if they can overcome the object detection challenges in a COCO object detection dataset.

Sergey Zagoruyko, Adam Lerer, Tsung-Yi Lin, Pedro O. Pinheiro, Sam Gross, Soumith Chintala, Piotr Dollar
September 11, 2016

EyeContact: Scleral Coil Eye Tracking for Virtual Reality

International Symposium on Wearable Computers 2016

We investigate a wearable high temporal and spatial resolution eye tracking system based on magnetic tracking and using scleral search coils (SSC).

Robert Cavin, Brian Scally, David Perek, Eric Whitmire, Shwetak Patel, Jim Phillips
September 8, 2016

Joint Learning of Speaker and Phonetic Similarities with Siamese Networks

Interspeech 2016

We scale up the feasibility of jointly learning specialized speaker and phone embeddings architectures to the 360 hours of the Librispeech corpus by implementing a sampling method to efficiently select pairs of words from the dataset and improving the loss function.

Neil Zeghidour, Gabriel Synnaeve, Nicolas Usunier, Emmanuel Dupoux
September 5, 2016

Cubrick: Indexing Millions of Records per Second for Interactive Analytics

VLDB 2016

This paper describes the architecture and design of Cubrick, a distributed multidimensional in-memory DBMS suited for interactive analytics over highly dynamic datasets.

Pedro Eugenio Rocha Pedreira, Chris Croswhite, Luis Bona
September 1, 2016

Desugaring Haskell’s Do-Notation into Applicative Operations

ACM SIGPLAN Haskell Sympoisum

In this paper we show how to re-use the very same do-notation to work for Applicatives as well, providing efficiency benefits for some types that are both Monad and Applicative, and syntactic convenience for those that are merely Applicative.

Andrey Mokhov, Edward Kmett, Simon Marlow, Simon Peyton Jones