Forum for AI: Jeffrey Siskind

FAI is presenting this talk Friday:

Stochastic Spatio-Temporal Grammars for Images and Video
Jeffrey Mark Siskind
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Friday September 3, 2004 3pm (coffee at 2:30)
ACES 2.302Probabilistic Context-Free Grammars (PCFGs) induce distributions over strings. Strings can be viewed as observations that are maps from indices to terminals. The domains of such maps are totally ordered and the terminals are discrete. We extend PCFGs to induce densities over observations with unordered domains and continuous-valued terminals. We call our extension Spatial Random Tree Grammars (SRTGs). While SRTGs are context sensitive, the inside-outside algorithm can be extended to support exact likelihood calculation, MAP estimates, and ML estimation updates in polynomial time on SRTGs. We call this extension the center-surround algorithm. SRTGs extend mixture models by adding hierarchal structure that can vary across observations. The center-surround algorithm can recover the structure of observations, learn structure from observations, and classify observations based on their structure. We have used SRTGs and the center-surround algorithm to process both static images and dynamic video. In static images, SRTGs have been trained to distinguish houses from cars. In dynamic video, SRTGs have been trained to distinguish entering from exiting. We demonstrate how the structural priors provided by SRTGs support these tasks.

Joint work with Charles Bouman, Shawn Brownfield, Bingrui Foo, Mary Harper, Ilya Pollak, and James Sherman.

Note: Matt MacMahon and I have given over the reins of FAI to Prem Melville, Misha Bilenko, and Nick Jong. I had been doing it for 2 years, so it was time for me to move on, and Matt has been splitting his time between Austin and Berkeley, CA, where his wife is doing her pediatrics residency.


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