Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

European Initiatives

FP7 & H2020 Projects

ERC Advanced grant Allegro

Participants : Cordelia Schmid, Konstantin Shmelkov, Vladyslav Sydorov, Daan Wynen, Nikita Dvornik, Xavier Martin.

The ERC advanced grant ALLEGRO started in April 2013 and will end in April 2019. The aim of ALLEGRO is to automatically learn from large quantities of data with weak labels. A massive and ever growing amount of digital image and video content is available today. It often comes with additional information, such as text, audio or other meta-data, that forms a rather sparse and noisy, yet rich and diverse source of annotation, ideally suited to emerging weakly supervised and active machine learning technology. The ALLEGRO project will take visual recognition to the next level by using this largely untapped source of data to automatically learn visual models. We will develop approaches capable of autonomously exploring evolving data collections, selecting the relevant information, and determining the visual models most appropriate for different object, scene, and activity categories. An emphasis will be put on learning visual models from video, a particularly rich source of information, and on the representation of human activities, one of today's most challenging problems in computer vision.

ERC Starting grant Solaris

Participants : Julien Mairal, Ghislain Durif, Andrei Kulunchakov, Alberto Bietti, Dexiong Chen, Gregoire Mialon.

The project SOLARIS started in March 2017 for a duration of five years. The goal of the project is to set up methodological and theoretical foundations of deep learning models, in the context of large-scale data processing. The main applications of the tools developed in this project are for processing visual data, such as videos, but also structured data produced in experimental sciences, such as biological sequences.

The main paradigm used in the project is that of kernel methods and consist of building functional spaces where deep learning models live. By doing so, we want to derive theoretical properties of deep learning models that may explain their success, and also obtain new tools with better stability properties. Another work package of the project is focused on large-scale optimization, which is a key to obtain fast learning algorithms.