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SILO Seminar Series: Adish Singla

March 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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Machine Teaching: Towards more realistic student models

Singla Talk Video

Machine teaching provides a rigorous formalism for a number of real-world applications including personalized educational systems, adversarial attacks, and program synthesis by examples. In this talk, I will discuss research questions in the context of two societal applications: (i) teaching participants of citizen science projects for biodiversity monitoring, and (ii) training medical students via educational simulators to perform surgical operations. In these educational applications, we have a human learner as the student and the focus is on developing effective teaching algorithms. Most of the existing algorithmic results on machine teaching only consider simple, idealistic settings and are not rich enough for these applications. I will highlight the need for studying more realistic student models that are suitable for teaching a human learner. I will begin by discussing the well-studied case of teaching a version space learner and then focus on two important modeling aspects: teaching a student with limited computation capability, and teaching a student who has preferences over which hypotheses to select. I will demonstrate the importance of these two modeling aspects via extensive user studies.

SILO is a lecture series with speakers from the UW faculty, graduate students or invited researchers that discuss mathematical related topics. The seminars are organized by WID’s Optimization research group.
SILO’s purpose is to provide a forum that helps connect and recruit mathematically-minded graduate students. SILO is a lunch-and-listen format, where speakers present interesting math topics while the audience eats lunch.


March 7
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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3rd Floor Orchard View Room, 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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