Automated Perception in the Real World: The Problem of Scarce Data
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Machine perception is a key step toward artificial intelligence in domains such as self-driving cars, industrial automation, and robotics. Much progress has been made in the past decade, driven by machine learning, ever-increasing computational power, and the reliance on (seemingly) vast data sets. There are however critical issues in translating academic progress into the real world: available data sets may not match real-world environments well, and even if they are abundant and matching well, then interesting samples from a real-world perspective may be exceedingly rare and thus still be too sparsely represented to learn from directly. In this talk, I illustrate how we have approached this problem strategically as an example of industrial R&D from inception to product. I will also go in-depth on an approach to automatically infer previously unseen data by learning compositional visual concepts via mutual cycle consistency.