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GANocracy

Workshop on Theory, Practice and Artistry of Deep Generative Modeling

May 31, 2019, MIT

GANocracy: Democratizing GANs

Once an obscure machine learning technique, generative adversarial networks, or GANs, are now everywhere. By pitting one neural network against another, GANs can create images and sounds convincing enough to fool the human eye and ear. GANs have made computer graphics come alive and given artists new tools for expression. The synthetic data produced by GANs are helping researchers fill in the gaps in streams of data to create more realistic simulations and make better predictions. GANs may also hold potential for protecting the anonymity of personal data and testing AI models for bias. But as GANs grow in popularity, so have concerns about their misuse.

This workshop will focus on the promise of GANs and include discussion of how we can exploit their benefits while minimizing their potential harm. Topics will include the nuts and bolts of generative models, their applications, generative art, and the science and theory of GANs. We will also discuss technical solutions like “GANtidotes” to detect and protect against dangerous uses.

The event will feature tutorials, talks, a panel discussion, a poster session, and refreshments. It will be live-streamed from 12:00–6:00pm and tutorial content will be made available on our tutorial webpage.

Speakers

Alex Andonian
(MIT)
Tutorial Presenter
Sanjeev Arora
(Princeton)
New theoretical framework for unsupervised
learning
David Bau
(MIT)
Tutorial Presenter
Emily Denton
(NYU Courant)
Leveraging GANs for fairness evaluations
Alyosha Efros
(UC Berkeley)
Reasons to love GANs
Katherine Gallagher
(MIT Quest Bridge)
Tutorial Presenter
Aaron Hertzmann
(Adobe)
Can Computers Create Art?
Judy Hoffman
(Facebook / Georgia Tech)
Adversarial Domain Adaptation
Phillip Isola
(MIT)
Toward visual definitions of cognitive
impressions
Mauro Martino
(MIT-IBM
Watson AI Lab)

The "aesthetics of the passage"
Aude Oliva
(MIT)
Panel Moderator
Mihaela Rosca
(DeepMind)
Training Language GANs from Scratch
Sasha Rush
(Harvard SEAS)
Controllable Text Generation
Helena Sarin
(Neural Bricolage)
Playing a game of GANstruction
Hendrik Strobelt
(MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab)
Tutorial Presenter
Antonio Torralba
(MIT)
GAN Dissection: Visualizing and Understanding
Generative Adversarial Networks
Bolei Zhou
(CUHK)
Discovering and Manipulating Facial
Attributes in High-fidelity Image Synthesis

Schedule

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: 8:30am–7:00pm
Where: MIT Building 46 (BCS Atrium and Singleton Auditorium) and Building 34 (34-101)
Live-stream: Available here from 12:00–6:00pm

8:30–9:00

Coffee
(Outside 34-101)

9:00–11:45

GAN Tutorial
(Inside 34-101)
Katherine Gallagher, David Bau, Alex Andonian, Hendrik Strobelt
Hands-on session to get acquainted with GANs:
(1) State of the Union: an introductory overview to GANs and current popular architectures [Slides]
(2) Exploring a Generator with GANdissect: GAN interpretable analytics, dissection and creativity [Slides]
(3) Training a GAN: a how-to walkthrough on training GANs using Jupyter notebooks [Notebook]
(4) GANtidotes: methods for discouraging and mitigating antagonistic use of GANs

11:45–12:15

Posters and Gathering
(BCS Atrium)

12:15–12:20

Opening
(Singleton Auditorium)
Workshop Organizers

12:20–12:50

Keynote
(Singleton Auditorium)
Alyosha Efros – Reasons to Love GANs [Slides]

12:50–2:15

Generative Models: Science and Theory
(Singleton Auditorium)
Sanjeev Arora – New theoretical framework for unsupervised learning [Slides]
Mihaela Rosca – Training Language GANs from Scratch [Slides]
Sasha Rush – Controllable Text Generation [Slides]
Antonio Torralba – GAN Dissection: Visualizing and Understanding Generative Adversarial Networks

2:15–2:45

Coffee and Posters
(BCS Atrium)

2:45–4:00

Generative Models: Arts
(Singleton Auditorium)
Helena Sarin – Playing a game of GANstruction
Mauro Martino – The "aesthetics of the passage" - the evolution of pictorial and sculptural language through GANs [Slides]
Aaron Hertzmann – Can Computers Create Art?

4:00–4:20

Break

4:20–5:30

Generative Models: Applications
(Singleton Auditorium)
Judy Hoffman – Adversarial Domain Adaptation [Slides]
Emily Denton – Leveraging GANs for fairness evaluations [Slides]
Phillip Isola – Toward visual definitions of cognitive impressions
Bolei Zhou – Discovering and Manipulating Facial Attributes in High-fidelity Image Synthesis

5:30–6:00

Panel Discussion with Speakers
(Singleton Auditorium)
Moderator: Aude Oliva

6:00–7:00

Posters and Reception
(BCS Atrium)

Call for Posters

  • Deadline to submit abstracts to present a workshop-related poster: Friday, May 24, 5 PM (EST)
  • Submit your poster here
Poster format: up to 48''×72'' (landscape orientation), paper.

Registration

Workshop Organizers

David Bau
Katherine Gallagher
Phillip Isola
Fern Keniston
Alex Lascelles
Kim Martineau
Aude Oliva
Samantha Smiley
Hendrik Strobelt

Contact

Questions to: ganocracy@csail.mit.edu

Venue

Brain and Cognitive Science Complex

MIT Building 46

43 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139

BCS Atrium and Singleton Auditorium

Overflow rooms: 46-3189 and 46-3310

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EG&G Education Center

MIT Building 34

50 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Room 34-101

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