Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science at Rice University, with Richard G. Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice, has won the Amazon Research Award in machine learning for the year 2017.
The proposal is titled “Scaling-up Machine Learning via Probabilistic Hashing.” They will receive $80,000 in funding and an additional $20,000 in Amazon Web Services Promotional Credits to pursue their research.
They will explore fundamental hashing and compressed sensing techniques to push learning algorithms, especially deep learning, to the extreme scale. “The current pursuit of unified intelligence seems to point towards the need for astronomically sized architectures. Large networks are needed to assimilate the information present in massive volumes of data. Training such networks is out of the reach of current technology. This calls for a disruptive change in our existing processes,” Shrivastava said.
Amazon’s awards are open to full-time faculty members of institutions in North America and Europe that grant doctoral degrees in fields related to machine learning. The funds can be used to support one or two graduate students or post-doctoral researchers working under the principal investigator.