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Taxonomy-Structured Domain Adaptation
Tianyi Liu · Zihao Xu · Hao He · Guangyuan Hao · Guang-He Lee · Hao Wang

Thu Jul 27 01:30 PM -- 03:00 PM (PDT) @ Exhibit Hall 1 #130

Domain adaptation aims to mitigate distribution shifts among different domains. However, traditional formulations are mostly limited to categorical domains, greatly simplifying nuanced domain relationships in the real world. In this work, we tackle a generalization with taxonomy-structured domains, which formalizes domains with nested, hierarchical similarity structures such as animal species and product catalogs. We build on the classic adversarial framework and introduce a novel taxonomist, which competes with the adversarial discriminator to preserve the taxonomy information. The equilibrium recovers the classic adversarial domain adaptation's solution if given a non-informative domain taxonomy (e.g., a flat taxonomy where all leaf nodes connect to the root node) while yielding non-trivial results with other taxonomies. Empirically, our method achieves state-of-the-art performance on both synthetic and real-world datasets with successful adaptation.

Author Information

Tianyi Liu (Rutgers University, New Brunswick)
Zihao Xu (Rutgers University)
Hao He (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Guangyuan Hao (MBUZAI and CUHK)
Guang-He Lee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Hao Wang (Rutgers University)
Hao Wang

Dr. Hao Wang is currently an assistant professor in the department of computer science at Rutgers University. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) of MIT, working with Dina Katabi and Tommi Jaakkola. He received his PhD degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as the sole recipient of the School of Engineering PhD Research Excellence Award in 2017. He has been a visiting researcher in the Machine Learning Department of Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on statistical machine learning, deep learning, and data mining, with broad applications on recommender systems, healthcare, user profiling, social network analysis, text mining, etc. His work on Bayesian deep learning for recommender systems and personalized modeling has inspired hundreds of follow-up works published at top conferences such as AAAI, ICML, IJCAI, KDD, NIPS, SIGIR, and WWW. It has received over 1000 citations, becoming the most cited paper at KDD 2015. In 2015, he was awarded the Microsoft Fellowship in Asia and the Baidu Research Fellowship for his innovation on Bayesian deep learning and its applications on data mining and social network analysis.

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