David Duvenaud

Assistant Professor
University of Toronto

Composing Graphical Models With Neural Networks for Structured Representations and Fast Inference

How can we build structured, but flexible models? We propose a general modeling and inference framework that combines the complementary strengths of probabilistic graphical models and deep learning methods. Our model family combines latent graphical models with neural network observation models. All components are trained simultaneously with a single scalable stochastic variational objective. We illustrate this framework with several example models, and by showing how to automatically segment and categorize mouse behavior from raw video.

David Duvenaud is an assistant professor in computer science and statistics at the University of Toronto. His postdoc was at Harvard University, where he worked on hyperparameter optimization, variational inference, deep learning, and automatic chemical design. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, studying Bayesian nonparametrics with Zoubin Ghahramani and Carl Rasmussen. David spent two summers in the machine vision team at Google Research, and also co-founded Invenia, an energy forecasting and trading company.

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