NeurIPS 2019 Expo Workshop

Dec. 5, 2020

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Responsible and Reproducible AI with PyTorch and Facebook

Sponsor: Facebook


This workshop on Responsible and Reproducible AI will dive into important areas that are shaping the future of how we interpret, reproduce research, and build AI with privacy in mind. We will cover major challenges, walk through solutions, and finish each talk with a hands on tutorial.

Reproducibility: As the number of research papers submitted to arXiv and conferences skyrockets, scaling reproducibility becomes difficult. We must address the following challenges: aid extensibility by standardizing code bases, democratize paper implementation by writing hardware agnostic code, facilitate results validation by documenting “tricks” authors use to make their complex systems function. To offer solutions, we will dive into tools PyTorch Hub and PyTorch Lightning which are used by some of the top researchers in the world to reproduce the state of the art.

Interpretability: With the increase in model complexity and the resulting lack of transparency, model interpretability methods have become increasingly important. Model understanding is both an active area of research as well as an area of focus for practical applications across industries using machine learning. To get hands on, we will use the recently released Captum library that provides state-of-the-art algorithms to provide researchers and developers with an easy way to understand the importance of neurons/layers and the predictions made by our models.`

Private AI: Practical applications of ML via cloud-based or machine-learning-as-a-service platforms pose a range of security and privacy challenges. There are a number of technical approaches being studied including: homomorphic encryption, secure multi-party computation, trusted execution environments, on-device computation, and differential privacy. To provide an immersive understanding of how some of these technologies are applied, we will use the CrypTen project which provides a community based research platform to take the field of Private AI forward.