Prof. Insup Lee amongst team of researchers to receive $6 mil grant to improve AI resiliency

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Cecilia Fitler Moore Professor in Penn Engineering’s Departments of Computer and Information Science (CIS) and Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) Insup Lee leads a team of researchers who have just received a five-year, $6million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant.

The grant is funding a proposal by the team titled “Robust Concept Learning and Lifelong Adaptation Against Adversarial Attacks,” and ‘aims to leverage insights from human cognitive development to make artificial intelligence systems better at protecting themselves from malicious disruptions,” according to an article about the project on the Penn Engineering blog.

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Faculty Spotlight: CoRL accepts esteemed work of Asst. Prof Jayaraman

The international Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) has accepted the renowned work of CIS and GRASP Lab Assistant Professor Dinesh Jayaraman.

According to their site, the “CoRL is a selective, single-track conference for robot learning research, covering a broad range of topics spanning robotics, ML and control, and including theory and applications.” With an acceptance rate of 34% this year, the conference was able to increase their intake slightly due to the fact that it’s taking place solely online. The call for 2020 submissions featured a variety of topics such as Imitation learning and (inverse) reinforcement learning, Bio-inspired learning and control and Multimodal perception, sensor fusion, and computer vision.

Jayaraman’s paper, titled Model-Based Inverse Reinforcement Learning from Visual Demonstrations, was co-authored by Neha Das, Sarah Bechtle, Todor Davchev, Dinesh Jayaraman, Akshara Rai and Franziska Meie. All accepted papers are also published in the Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR) Workshop & Conference Proceedings series.

The fourth annual CoRL 2020, whose previous hosting sites include Osaka, Japan, Zurich, Switzerland and Mountain View, USA, will be held virtually from November 16 – 18.

Research and Resources: A Peak at CIS Highlights

The CIS Highlights site is one of the department’s many digital platforms that centers prominent research from students and faculty, as well as other interdisciplinary programs and centers affiliated with CIS. Featured research areas include projects in the fields of Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics, Natural Language Processing, and Formal Methods and Logic. And of course, highlights — featuring important department blurbs and updates from CIS’ own chair, Zachary Ives.

*** Visit the CIS Highlights site here for more. ***