Anomaly Detection: A New Tool for Machine Learning

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Want to learn about how to find rare observations? Professor Thomas G. Dietterich speaks about "Anomaly Detection".

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There have been huge improvements in predictive machine learning that have revolutionized speech recognition, natural language translation, and natural language understanding. These have attracted the lion's share of attention from industry and the press. But behind the scenes, the area of anomaly detection has also been advancing rapidly. Anomaly detection can be applied both directly and indirectly. A direct application is to detect fraudulent transactions (e.g., one customer returning hundreds of non-working iPhones) or cyberattacks (e.g., unusual behavior of a computer application or network flow). An indirect application is to employ anomaly detection to inspect the data that is consumed by a machine learning algorithm. Machine learning techniques fail if the queries they encounter at run time are significantly different from their training data. Anomaly detection can find such bad queries and trigger retraining of the learning system. We advocate that every deployed machine learning system should include an anomaly detection component.

Thomas G. Dietterich is Distinguished Professor and Director of Intelligent Systems in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University, where he joined the faculty in 1985. In 1987, he was named a Presidential Young Investigator for the NSF. In 1990, he published, with Dr. Jude Shavlik, the book entitled Readings in Machine Learning, and he also served as the Technical Program Co-Chair of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-90). From 1992-1998 he held the position of Executive Editor of the journal Machine Learning. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence named him a Fellow in 1994, and the Association for Computing Machinery did the same in 2003. In 2000, he co-founded a free electronic journal: The Journal of Machine Learning Research, and he is currently a member of the Editorial Board. Since 2007, he has served as arXiv moderator for Machine Learning. He was Technical Program Chair of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in 2000 and General Chair in 2001. He is Past-President of the International Machine Learning Society, a member of the IMLS Board, and he also serves on the Advisory Board of the NIPS Foundation. He is President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

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The monthly PPI Advances Series is open to anyone interested in pervasive personalized intelligence. We welcome you to join the conversation and get involved at whatever level is suitable for you.

  • 2:50-3:00pm: Pre-Webinar Networking (optional)
  • 3:00-3:02pm: Welcome from the Center Directors
  • 3:02-3:05pm: New Member Introductions
  • 3:05-3:25pm: Professor Thomas G. Dietterich on "Anomaly Detection: A New Tool for Machine Learning"
  • 3:25-3:30pm: Industrial Case Study Follow-Up
  • 3:30-3:50pm: Q&A
  • 3:50-4:00pm: Center Vision and Value Discussion (optional)
  • 4:00-4:30pm: Post-Webinar Meet the Speaker and Students (members only)

The main event and the Pre-Webinar Networking session is open to anyone, while the Post-Webinar Meet the Speaker and Students session is for members only.

To start the main presentation on time, we reserve the first few minutes for new members of the PPI Center to introduce themselves live but otherwise ask you to introduce yourself asynchronously via the group chat. Feel free to include your LinkedIn to connect.

All times are Pacific Time (PST/PDT).


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