What Do Our Models Learn?

What Do Our Models Learn? - Aleksander Mądry

Aleksander Mądry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
June 9, 2020
Large-scale vision benchmarks have driven---and often even defined---progress in machine learning. However, these benchmarks are merely proxies for the real-world tasks we actually care about. How well do our benchmarks capture such tasks?

In this talk, I will discuss the alignment between our benchmark-driven ML paradigm and the real-world uses cases that motivate it. First, we will explore examples of biases in the ImageNet dataset, and how state-of-the-art models exploit them. We will then demonstrate how these biases arise as a result of design choices in the data collection and curation processes.

Based on joint works with Logan Engstrom, Andrew Ilyas, Shibani Santurkar, Jacob Steinhardt, Dimitris Tsipras and Kai Xiao.