Imaging Science Ph.D. Defense: Robik Shrestha

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Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
Towards Bias-Resilient Deep Neural Networks

Robik Shrestha
Imaging Science Ph.D. Candidate
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT

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While deep learning systems have brought about a paradigm shift in the field of artificial intelligence, there are numerous apprehensions regarding their robustness when deployed in the real world. Multiple studies have demonstrated that deep learning models tend to latch onto biases present in their training data instead of truly solving the tasks. Given the pervasive nature of this issue across various datasets and tasks, multiple techniques have been proposed to improve bias resilience. However, the evaluation protocols used in prior works leave many open questions regarding their true robustness and the primary goal of this dissertation is to explore these questions. Specifically, we develop improved evaluation frameworks to investigate if the systems are right for the right reasons and generalize to realistic forms of biases. Apart from such studies, we also make progress in method development with an emphasis on simplifying existing approaches while either matching or exceeding state-of-the-art performance.

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Undergraduates, graduates, and experts. Those with interest in the topic.

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December 08, 2023
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room/Location: 2155

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