Last week I had a pleasure to participate in the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), an event dedicated to the research on all aspects of deep learning. Initially, the conference was supposed to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, however, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, it went virtual. I’m sure it was a challenge for organisers to move the event online, but I think the effect was more than satisfactory, as you can read here!
Over 1300 speakers and 5600 attendees proved that the virtual format was more accessible for the public, but at the same time, the conference remained interactive and engaging. From many interesting presentations, I decided to choose 16, which are influential and thought-provoking. Here are the best deep learning papers from the ICLR.
Best Deep Learning papers
1. On Robustness of Neural Ordinary Differential Equations
In-depth study of the robustness of the Neural Ordinary Differential Equations or NeuralODE in short. Use it as a building block for more robust networks.
4. Understanding and Robustifying Differentiable Architecture Search
We study the failure modes of DARTS (Differentiable Architecture Search) by looking at the eigenvalues of the Hessian of validation loss w.r.t. the architecture and propose robustifications based on our analysis.
Neural nets, while capable of approximating complex functions, are rather poor in exact arithmetic operations. This task was a longstanding challenge to deep learning researchers. Here, the novel, Neural Addition Unit (NAU) and Neural Multiplication Unit (NMU) are presented, capable of performing exact addition/subtraction (NAU) and multiplying subsets of a vector (MNU). Notable first author is an independent researcher 🙂
11. A Signal Propagation Perspective for Pruning Neural Networks at Initialization
We formally characterize the initialization conditions for effective pruning at initialization and analyze the signal propagation properties of the resulting pruned networks which leads to a method to enhance their trainability and pruning results.
Depth and breadth of the ICLR publications is quite inspiring. Here, I just presented the tip of an iceberg focusing on the “deep learning” topic. However, this analysis, suggests that there were few popular areas, specifically:
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