Towards Automated Data Science: Automating Feature Extraction and Feature Selection

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Date: February 18, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Location: Old Main #1163 | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Category: Seminar


The end to end automation of deep learning has been successful in extremely data-intensive computing, such as images, videos, audios. However, are we really making much progress? The best paper of ACM RecSys Conference 2019 pointed out that: despite amazing accuracy, deep learning suffers from low reproducibility and small data. On the contrary, classic data mining pipeline (data preprocessing, feature extraction, feature selection, predictive modeling) has been proved to be effective, step by step testable, and reproducible in both big and small data scenarios. There is a gap between deep learning and data mining.

Can we fill this gap, so we can simultaneously achieve both the end-to-end automation of deep learning  and the reproducibility of data mining pipeline?

In this talk, I will introduce the motivation and significance of our overall goal to automate a classical step-by-step testable data mining pipeline. Then, I will discuss two preliminary studies: (i) automated characterization (AKA feature extraction) of spatial-temporal graphs, (2) automated feature selection via multi-agent reinforcement learning. Finally, I will conclude my talk and present our future work.

Short bio:

Dr. Yanjie Fu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2016, the B.E. degree from University of Science and Technology of China in 2008, and the M.E. degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. His research interests include data mining and big data analytics. He has research experience in industry research labs, such as Microsoft Research Asia and IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He has published prolifically in refereed journals and conference proceedings, such as IEEE TKDE, ACM TKDD, IEEE TMC, ACM TIST, ACM SIGKDD, AAAI, and IJCAI.

 His general research goal is to develop algorithms and tools to answer: (1) how data mining approaches alleviate information heterogeneity, dynamics, and unstructureness; and (2) what role modeling structures play in exploring the correlations among structure-buried data. He aims to strategically reformulate the problem of modeling structure-buried data into a new machine learning task, and develops robust algorithms for the task. He also investigates how the developed algorithms can be applied for real world problems, including mobile, transportation, power, IoT, and education analytics. His recent research focuses on mining spatial-temporal graph-structured behavioral data, and automated data science.


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