Statistical Learning Theory (SLT) google
Statistical learning theory is a framework for machine learning drawing from the fields of statistics and functional analysis. Statistical learning theory deals with the problem of finding a predictive function based on data. Statistical learning theory has led to successful applications in fields such as computer vision, speech recognition, bioinformatics and baseball. …

Social-Relation based Centrality (SoReC) google
Mobile Social Networks (MSNs) have been evolving and enabling various fields in recent years. Recent advances in mobile edge computing, caching, and device-to-device communications, can have significant impacts on 5G systems. In those settings, identifying central users is crucial. It can provide important insights into designing and deploying diverse services and applications. However, it is challenging to evaluate the centrality of nodes in MSNs with dynamic environments. In this paper, we propose a Social-Relation based Centrality (SoReC) measure, in which social network information is used to quantify the influence of each user in MSNs. We first introduce a new metric to estimate direct social relations among users via direct contacts, and then extend the metric to explore indirect social relations among users bridging by the third parties. Based on direct and indirect social relations, we detect the influence spheres of users and quantify their influence in the networks. Simulations on real-world networks show that the proposed measure can perform well in identifying future influential users in MSNs. …

Conditional Random Fields as Recurrent Neural Networks (CRF-RNN) google
Pixel-level labelling tasks, such as semantic segmentation, play a central role in image understanding. Recent approaches have attempted to harness the capabilities of deep learning techniques for image recognition to tackle pixel-level labelling tasks. One central issue in this methodology is the limited capacity of deep learning techniques to delineate visual objects. To solve this problem, we introduce a new form of convolutional neural network that combines the strengths of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) and Conditional Random Fields (CRFs)-based probabilistic graphical modelling. To this end, we formulate Conditional Random Fields as Recurrent Neural Networks. This network, called CRF-RNN, is then plugged in as a part of a CNN to obtain a deep network that has desirable properties of both CNNs and CRFs. Importantly, our system fully integrates CRF modelling with CNNs, making it possible to train the whole deep network end-to-end with the usual back-propagation algorithm, avoiding offline post-processing methods for object delineation.

Levy-Attack google
Developing techniques for adversarial attack and defense is an important research field for establishing reliable machine learning and its applications. Many existing methods employ Gaussian random variables for exploring the data space to find the most adversarial (for attacking) or least adversarial (for defense) point. However, the Gaussian distribution is not necessarily the optimal choice when the exploration is required to follow the complicated structure that most real-world data distributions exhibit. In this paper, we investigate how statistics of random variables affect such random walk exploration. Specifically, we generalize the Boundary Attack, a state-of-the-art black-box decision based attacking strategy, and propose the L\’evy-Attack, where the random walk is driven by symmetric $\alpha$-stable random variables. Our experiments on MNIST and CIFAR10 datasets show that the L\’evy-Attack explores the image data space more efficiently, and significantly improves the performance. Our results also give an insight into the recently found fact in the whitebox attacking scenario that the choice of the norm for measuring the amplitude of the adversarial patterns is essential. …