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Nuance Foundation Grants

Department of Computer Science and Operations Research


The Department of Computer Science and Operations Research (DIRO) was one of the 1st university-level computer science departments in North America. The DIRO is part of the Faculty of Arts and Science and has been training computer scientists for 5 decades now: our graduates have gone on to change the worlds of technology, business, academics, medicine, transportation, and communication.

Project: Deep Structured Output Models

Yoshua Bengio, Aaron Courville

A large class of neglected machine learning tasks involve producing answers that belong to a huge combinatorial set (such as the set of sequences of words), given an input. These are sometimes called structured output learning tasks. This project is focused on the expansion and improvement of deep learning techniques beyond simple classification and into the realm of structured output learning tasks. Because the output space is so large, there are generally many good answers, and many models for such tasks can be thought of as producing a distribution over good answers, from which one can sample answers. These include directed models (such as recurrent or recursive nets), indirected models (such as Boltzmann machines), and Generative Stochastic Networks (which learn a parametrized MCMC).

Programs & Grants

100 years ago nobody would have imagined that it may make sense to talk to machines. Today, in the days of speech recognition and speech synthesis to be found in cars, computers, phones and many other devices this is already normal. But it doesn't stop there.

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