Learning on the Job in the Open World

Jul 12, 2020



In existing machine learning (ML) applications, once a model is built it is deployed to perform its intended task. During the application, the model is fixed due to the closed-world assumption of the classic ML paradigm – everything seen in testing/application must have been seen in training. However, many real-life environments - such as those for chatbots and self-driving cars - are full of unknown, which are called the open environments/worlds. We humans can deal with such environments comfortably - detecting unknowns and learning them continuously in the interaction with other humans and the environment to adapt to the new environment and to become more and more knowledgeable. In fact, we humans never stop learning. After formal education, we continue to learn on the job or while working. AI systems should have the same on-the-job learning capability. It is impossible for them to rely solely on manually labeled data and offline training to deal with the dynamic open world. This talk discusses this problem and presents some initial work in the context of natural language processing.



About ICML 2020

The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) is the premier gathering of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning. ICML is globally renowned for presenting and publishing cutting-edge research on all aspects of machine learning used in closely related areas like artificial intelligence, statistics and data science, as well as important application areas such as machine vision, computational biology, speech recognition, and robotics. ICML is one of the fastest growing artificial intelligence conferences in the world. Participants at ICML span a wide range of backgrounds, from academic and industrial researchers, to entrepreneurs and engineers, to graduate students and postdocs.

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