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Machine Learning Meetup

  • CIC Boston 50 Milk Street, 16th floor, Edison Boston, MA, 02110 United States (map)

Machine Learning Meetup

This weekly seminar series, hosted by the computer vision research team at FeatureX, is open to students and professionals who share an interest in gathering with like-minded machine learning researchers. This series focuses on current and influential papers in machine learning, and brings active participants together around one relevant paper each week. The presenter will introduce the background of the paper and review the findings. Attendees are expected to have read the paper and be ready to participate in group discussions about the research content and its implications.

Space is limited and RSVP’s are mandatory for this event. Please email Emily Rogers at if you plan to attend. If your plans change, please update us so we can offer space to someone else. 

Upcoming Seminar:

Paper Title and Link: The Perception-Distortion Tradeoff by Yochai Blau, Tomer Michaeli

Abstract: Image restoration algorithms are typically evaluated by some distortion measure (e.g. PSNR, SSIM, IFC, VIF) or by human opinion scores that quantify perceived perceptual quality. In this paper, we prove mathematically that distortion and perceptual quality are at odds with each other. Specifically, we study the optimal probability for correctly discriminating the outputs of an image restoration algorithm from real images. We show that as the mean distortion decreases, this probability must increase (indicating worse perceptual quality). As opposed to the common belief, this result holds true for any distortion measure, and is not only a problem of the PSNR or SSIM criteria. However, as we show experimentally, for some measures it is less severe (e.g. distance between VGG features). We also show that generative-adversarial-nets (GANs) provide a principled way to approach the perception-distortion bound. This constitutes theoretical support to their observed success in low-level vision tasks. Based on our analysis, we propose a new methodology for evaluating image restoration methods, and use it to perform an extensive comparison between recent super-resolution algorithms.