AI/ML Seminar Series: Exploring the Limits of Lossy Data Compression with Deep Learning Event Logo

AI/ML Seminar Series: Exploring the Limits of Lossy Data Compression with Deep Learning

by Information and Computer Sciences

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Mon, Apr 26, 2021

1 PM – 2 PM PDT (GMT-7)

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Yibo Yang
Ph.D. Student, Department of Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

Probabilistic machine learning, particularly deep learning, is reshaping the field of data compression. Recent work has established a close connection between lossy data compression and latent variable models such as variational autoencoders (VAEs), and VAEs are now the building blocks of many learning-based lossy compression algorithms that are trained on massive amounts of unlabeled data. In this talk, I give a brief overview of learned data compression, including the current paradigm of end-to-end lossy compression with VAEs, and present my research that addresses some of its limitations and explores other possibilities of learned data compression. First, I present algorithmic improvements inspired by variational inference that push the performance limits of VAE-based lossy compression, resulting in a new state-of-the-art performance on image compression. Then, I introduce a new algorithm that compresses the variational posteriors of pre-trained latent variable models, and allows for variable-bitrate lossy compression with a vanilla VAE. Lastly, I discuss ongoing work that explores fundamental bounds on the theoretical performance of lossy compression algorithms, using the tools of stochastic approximation and deep learning.

Bio: Yibo Yang is a PhD student advised by Stephan Mandt in the Computer Science department at UC Irvine. His research interests include probability theory, information theory, and their applications in statistical machine learning.

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