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Hello World! I’m Long (Tony) Lian. This is my personal website, and I’m looking forward to publishing interesting contents with it.

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Long-tailed recognition by routing diverse distribution-aware experts

Xudong Wang, Long Lian, Zhongqi Miao, Ziwei Liu, Stella X Yu
Published in ICLR 2021 (Spotlight)

Natural data are often long-tail distributed over semantic classes. Existing recognition methods tend to focus on gaining performance on tail classes, often at the expense of losing performance on head classes and with increased classifier variance. The low tail performance manifests itself in large inter-class confusion and high classifier variance. We aim to reduce both the bias and the variance of a long-tailed classifier by RoutIng Diverse Experts (RIDE), consisting of three components: 1) a shared architecture for multiple classifiers (experts); 2) a distribution-aware diversity loss that encourages more diverse decisions for classes with fewer training instances; and 3) an expert routing module that dynamically assigns more ambiguous instances to additional experts. With on-par computational complexity, RIDE significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art methods by 5% to 7% on all the benchmarks including CIFAR100-LT, ImageNet-LT and iNaturalist 2018. RIDE is also a universal framework that can be applied to different backbone networks and integrated into various long-tailed algorithms and training mechanisms for consistent performance gains.

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Unsupervised Visual Attention and Invariance for Reinforcement Learning

Xudong Wang*, Long Lian*, Stella X Yu
Published in CVPR 2021

The vision-based reinforcement learning (RL) has achieved tremendous success. However, generalizing vision-based RL policy to unknown test environments still remains as a challenging problem. Unlike previous works that focus on training a universal RL policy that is invariant to discrepancies between test and training environment, we focus on developing an independent module to disperse interference factors irrelevant to the task, thereby providing”” clean”” observations for the RL policy. The proposed unsupervised visual attention and invariance method (VAI) contains three key components: 1) an unsupervised keypoint detection model which captures semantically meaningful keypoints in observations; 2) an unsupervised visual attention module which automatically generates the distraction-invariant attention mask for each observation; 3) a self-supervised adapter for visual distraction invariance which reconstructs distraction-invariant attention mask from observations with artificial disturbances generated by a series of foreground and background augmentations. All components are optimized in an unsupervised way, without manual annotation or access to environment internals, and only the adapter is used during inference time to provide distraction-free observations to RL policy. VAI empirically shows powerful generalization capabilities and significantly outperforms current state-of-the-art (SOTA) method by 15% 49% in DeepMind Control suite benchmark and 61% 229% in our proposed robot manipulation benchmark, in term of cumulative rewards per episode.

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Data-Centric Semi-Supervised Learning

Xudong Wang*, Long Lian*, Stella X Yu

We study unsupervised data selection for semi-supervised learning (SSL), where a large-scale unlabeled data is available and a small subset of data is budgeted for label acquisition. Existing SSL methods focus on learning a model that effectively integrates information from given small labeled data and large unlabeled data, whereas we focus on selecting the right data for SSL without any label or task information, in an also stark contrast to supervised data selection for active learning. Intuitively, instances to be labeled shall collectively have maximum diversity and coverage for downstream tasks, and individually have maximum information propagation utility for SSL. We formalize these concepts in a three-step data-centric SSL method that improves FixMatch in stability and accuracy by 8% on CIFAR-10 (0.08% labeled) and 14% on ImageNet-1K (0.2% labeled). Our work demonstrates that a small compute spent on careful labeled data selection brings big annotation efficiency and model performance gain without changing the learning pipeline. Our completely unsupervised data selection can be easily extended to other weakly supervised learning settings.

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