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WORLDCOMP'09 / DMIN'09: Prof. Asim Roy

Last modified 2009-07-03 10:59

Autonmous Machine Learning
Prof. Asim Roy
Arizona State University
Arizona, USA

Date: July 15, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00 PM
Location: Ballroom 1


    Autonomous machine learning has become a top priority in science and engineering of learning. In July 2007, NSF had a workshop on the “Future Challenges for the Science and Engineering of Learning.” Here is the summary of the “Open Questions in Both Biological and Machine Learning” from the workshop (

    “Biological learners have the ability to learn autonomously, in an ever changing and uncertain world. This property includes the ability to generate their own supervision, select the most informative training samples, produce their own loss function, and evaluate their own performance. More importantly, it appears that biological learners can effectively produce appropriate internal representations for composable percepts -- a kind of organizational scaffold - - as part of the learning process. By contrast, virtually all current approaches to machine learning typically require a human supervisor to design the learning architecture, select the training examples, design the form of the representation of the training examples, choose the learning algorithm, set the learning parameters, decide when to stop learning, and choose the way in which the performance of the learning algorithm is evaluated. This strong dependence on human supervision is greatly retarding the development and ubiquitous deployment of autonomous artificial learning systems. Although we are beginning to understand some of the learning systems used by brains, many aspects of autonomous learning have not yet been identified.”

    This dismal NSF characterization of the state of our learning systems opens the door to creating a new generation of learning algorithms. And conferences such as DMIN could become the focal point for research collaboration on this new breed of learning algorithms.


    The objective of this tutorial is to present some new ideas regarding brain-like learning, ideas that can lead to the development of autonomous learning methods. Autonomous learning is extremely important for robotics. For autonomous robots that can learn on their own like humans, we have to have tweak-free learning algorithms that can design and train computational structures (e.g. neural networks) on their own without any kind of human intervention.

Structure of the tutorial

    • Provide an overview of a broad set of principles for designing and constructing autonomous learning algorithms. Present some new ideas about brain-like learning that differ from current connectionist approaches.
    • Discuss one particular autonomous learning algorithm for pattern classification problems. Give a demonstration of this autonomous learning algorithm. Summarize its basic features and design principles.
    • As noted in the NSF report, autonomous learning is the technology we need and it is important that we get organized and focus on this new breed of learning algorithms. So there will be some open discussion on this issue. We could take this opportunity to form a research group within DMIN for collaboration on autonomous learning systems.
Biography of Instructor

    Asim Roy is a Professor of Information Systems at Arizona State University. He received his M.S. in Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ph.D. in Operations Research from University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, visiting the PDP group of David Rumelhart in the Psychology department in the early 90s.He was the Letters Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and has served on the organizing committees of many scientific conferences.

    Asim’s research interests are in neural networks, automated machine learning and data mining, pattern recognition, prediction and forecasting, intelligent systems, information retrieval (search) and nonlinear multiple objective optimization. His research has been published in Management Science, Decision Analysis, The ORSA Journal on Computing, Naval Research Logistics, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy System, Neural Networks, Neural Computation and other journals.

    Asim has recently published a new theory for brain-like learning and computing. This new theory challenges the classical ideas that have dominated the field of brain-like computing for the last 50 years. recently wrote a story on this new brain theory ( He has been invited for plenary talks and for tutorials, workshops and short courses on his new learning theory and methods at many national and international conferences.

Academic Co-Sponsors

United States Military Academy, Network Science Center

Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory, HST of Harvard University and MIT, USA

Argonne's Leadership Computing Facility of Argonne National Laboratory

Functional Genomics Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota, USA
Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
Harvard Statistics Department Genomics & Bioinformatics Laboratory, Harvard University, USA

Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Center for the Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Program, George Mason University, Virginia, USA

Institute of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

BioMedical Informatics & Bio-Imaging Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Knowledge Management & Intelligent System Center (KMIS) of University of Siegen, Germany

National Institute for Health Research, UK

Hawkeye Radiology Informatics, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA

Institute for Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
Medical Image HPC & Informatics Lab (MiHi Lab), University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
SECLAB An inter-university research group (University of Naples Federico II, the University of Naples Parthenope, and the Second University of Naples, Italy)
The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
Intelligent Cyberspace Engineeing Lab., ICEL, Texas A&M; University (Com./Texas)

International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine

World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies

Corporate Sponsor

Other Co-Sponsors
European Commission
High Performance Computing for Nanotechnology (HPCNano)

HoIP - Health without Boundaries

Hodges' Health

The International Council on Medical and Care Compunetics

GridToday - enewsletter focused on Grid, SOA, Virtualization, Storage, Networking and Service-Oriented IT

HPCwire - The Leading Source for Global News and Information Covering the Ecosystem of High Productivity Computing

The UK Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
VMW Solutions Ltd.
Scientific Technologies Corporation

Bentham Science Publishers


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