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Workshop on Human Interpretability in Machine Learning (WHI)
Kush Varshney · Adrian Weller · Been Kim · Dmitry Malioutov

Wed Aug 09 03:30 PM -- 12:30 AM (PDT) @ C4.8
Event URL: https://sites.google.com/view/whi2017/home »

This workshop will bring together researchers who study the interpretability of predictive models, develop interpretable machine learning algorithms, and develop methodology to interpret black-box machine learning models (e.g., post-hoc interpretations). This is a very exciting time to study interpretable machine learning, as the advances in large-scale optimization and Bayesian inference that have enabled the rise of black-box machine learning are now also starting to be exploited to develop principled approaches to large-scale interpretable machine learning. Participants in the workshop will exchange ideas on these and allied topics, including:

● Quantifying and axiomatizing interpretability
● Psychology of human concept learning
● Rule learning,Symbolic regression and case-based reasoning
● Generalized additive models, sparsity and interpretability
● Visual analytics
● Interpretable unsupervised models (clustering, topic models, e.t.c)
● Interpretation of black-box models (including deep neural networks)
● Causality of predictive models
● Verifying, diagnosing and debugging machine learning systems
● Interpretability in reinforcement learning.

Doctors, judges, business executives, and many other people are faced with making critical decisions that can have profound consequences. For example, doctors decide which treatment to administer to patients, judges decide on prison sentences for convicts, and business executives decide to enter new markets and acquire other companies. Such decisions are increasingly being supported by predictive models learned by algorithms from historical data.

The latest trend in machine learning is to use highly nonlinear complex systems such as deep neural networks, kernel methods, and large ensembles of diverse classifiers. While such approaches often produce impressive, state-of-the art prediction accuracies, their black-box nature offers little comfort to decision makers. Therefore, in order for predictions to be adopted, trusted, and safely used by decision makers in mission-critical applications, it is imperative to develop machine learning methods that produce interpretable models with excellent predictive accuracy. It is in this way that machine learning methods can have impact on consequential real-world applications.

Author Information

Kush Varshney (IBM Research AI)
Adrian Weller (University of Cambridge, Alan Turing Institute)
Adrian Weller

Adrian Weller is Programme Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for data science and AI, and is a Turing AI Fellow leading work on trustworthy Machine Learning (ML). He is a Principal Research Fellow in ML at the University of Cambridge, and at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence where he is Programme Director for Trust and Society. His interests span AI, its commercial applications and helping to ensure beneficial outcomes for society. Previously, Adrian held senior roles in finance. He received a PhD in computer science from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Been Kim (Google Brain)
Dmitry Malioutov (The D. E. Shaw Group)

Dmitry Malioutov is a research staff member at IBM TJ Watson research center.

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