Tracking Recent Topics and Trends in 3D Photo Generation

Synced has identified a few significant technical advancements in the 3D photo field that we believe may be of interest to our readers. | Continue reading | 18 hours ago

New Google and Oxford Model Time-Shifts People in Videos

A group of researchers from Google Research and the University of Oxford have introduced a novel technique that can “retiming” people’s movements in videos. | Continue reading | 5 days ago

After 15 Long Years, a NumPy Paper Finally Appears

NumPy is the foundation upon which the scientific Python ecosystem is constructed. | Continue reading | 5 days ago

DeepMind Approach ‘Bootstraps’ Self-Supervised Learning of Image Representations

From an augmented view of an image, the researchers trained the online network to predict the target network representation of the same image under a different augmented view. | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Czech Tech Does the Monster Mash: Animating 3D Models in Seconds

Monster Mash, a novel AI-powered 3D modelling and animation tool, aims to make these arduous 3D animation processes a whole lot easier. | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Microsoft Democratizes DeepSpeed with Four New Technologies

Microsoft has released four additional DeepSpeed technologies to enable even faster training times, whether on supercomputers or a single GPU. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Ex-Uber AI Chief Scientist Zoubin Ghahramani Joins Google Brain Leadership Team

Former Uber Chief Scientist and VP for AI Zoubin Ghahramani has joined Google Research as part of the Google Brain team leadership. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Argo AI Model Jointly Plots Vehicle Pose and Shape from Lidar Data

Researchers have introduced a novel network architecture for jointly estimating the shape and pose of vehicles even from partial LiDAR observations. | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Novel Attention Condensers Enable Deep Recognition Networks on Edge Devices

Novel attention condensers designed to enable the building of low-footprint, highly-efficient deep neural networks for on-device speech recognition on the edge. | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Even the Best Language Models Don’t Have a Clue What They’re Doing

Researchers introduce a test covering topics such as elementary mathematics, designed to measure language models’ multitask accuracy. | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Is OpenAI’s GPT-3 API Beta Pricing Too Rich for Researchers?

Although OpenAI hasn’t yet officially announced the GRT-3 pricing scheme, Branwen’s sneak peek has piqued the interest of the NLP community. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

DeepMind Uses GNNs to Boost Google Maps ETA Accuracy by Up to 50%

DeepMind unveiled a partnership with Google Maps that has leveraged advanced GNNs to improve ETA accuracy. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

IIIT Hyperbad’s ‘Wave2Lip’ Boosts Lip-Sync Video Performance

“Wav2Lip,” a novel lip-synchronization model that outperforms current approaches by a large margin in both quantitative metrics and human evaluations. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Nvidia Launches GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs: ‘A Giant Step into the Future’

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang today unveiled the company’s new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Microsoft Researcher Single-Handedly Surveys TheSOTA in SignLanguage Recognition

Researcher composes a quantitative survey of the SOTA in sign language recognition (SLR). | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Facebook One-Shot, On-Device Model Transforms Smartphone Pics into 3D Images

Facebook has introduced a model that turns common two-dimensional pictures into 3D photos. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Salesforce’s AI-Powered Economist to Optimize Income Equality and Productivity

The AI Economist uses a two-level RL framework where a collection of AI agents simulate how humans might react to various taxes in a principled economic simulation.  | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Can AI Reimagine City Configuration and Automate Urban Planning?

Researchers propose reducing the workloads of urban planners by introducing deep learning systems to handle some of their responsibilities. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

MIT CSAIL Model Identifies Manipulations Using Local Artifacts

Researchers proposed a new model that is designed to spot deepfakes by looking at subtle visual artifacts. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

USC Proposes Monocular Real-Time Volumetric Performance Capture

A novel volumetric capture system that is capable of fully capturing clothed human bodies in real-time using only a single RGB webcam. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Using Deep RL to Model Human Locomotion Control in Neuromechanical Simulations

Researchers from Stanford University, UC Berkeley and CMU review neuromechanical simulations and DRL, with a focus on modelling the control of human locomotion. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Tesla Video Data Processing Supercomputer ‘Dojo’

Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla is recruiting AI or chip talents for the company’s neural network training supercomputer project “Dojo.” | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Advancing Safety and Privacy for Trustworthy AI Inference Systems

Researchers from academia and industry offer input on the design, deployment, and operation of trustworthy AI inference systems. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How Smart Is Bert? Evaluating the Language Model’s Commonsense Knowledge

Researchers dive deep into the large language model to discover how it encodes the structured commonsense knowledge it leverages on downstream commonsense tasks. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Holicity: A City-Scale Dataset for Learning Holistic 3D Structures

HoliCity, a city-scale dataset and all-in-one data platform for research into learning abstracted high-level holistic 3D structures derived from city CAD (computer-aided design) models. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Google Delivers Accurate 3D Scene Reconstruction of Complex Outdoor Environment

Google researchers have introduced a series of extensions to the SOTA view-synthesis method Neural Radiance Fields (NeRF) that enable it to produce high-quality 3D representations of complex scenes… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Google AI ‘MediaPipe Iris’ Improves Iris Tracking and Distance Estimation

MediaPipe Iris, a novel machine learning model designed to deliver accurate iris estimation without using depth sensors. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Novel Encoder Architecture Boosts Facial Image-to-Image Translation

Researchers from Penta-AI and Tel-Aviv University introduce a generic image-to-image translation framework dubbed Pixel2Style2Pixel (pSp). | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Trump Escalates His China Tech Ban from TikTok to WeChat

US President Donald Trump released two executive orders to ban the Chinese messaging app WeChat. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

AI Generator Learns to ‘Draw’ Like Cartoonist Lee Mal-Nyeon in Just 10 Hours

A Seoul National University Master’s student and developer has trained a face generating model to transfer normal face photographs into cartoon images in the distinctive style of Lee Mal-nyeo… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Google ‘BigBird’ Achieves SOTA Performance on Long-Context NLP Tasks

BigBird is shown to dramatically improve performance across long-context NLP tasks, producing SOTA results in question answering and summarization. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Applying Linearly Scalable Transformers to Model Longer Protein Sequences

Researchers proposed a new transformer architecture called “Performer” — based on what they call fast attention via orthogonal random features (FAVOR). | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Bridging the Gap Between Fully-Connected and Convolutional Nets

Unlike previous work that suggested fully-connected networks can only deliver subpar performance, Neyshabur’s experiments showed a significant performance jump. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

New White-Box Framework Will Cartoonize Your World

This framework can generate high-quality cartoonized images with much-improved controllability. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Chinese Search Specialist Sogou Receives Tencent Buyout Offer

Chinese tech giant Tencent has proposed to acquire all of the Sogou’s outstanding ordinary shares for a cash price of US$9 per share. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

DeepMind’s AlignNet Learns Stable Object Representations Across Time

New research from UK based AI company and research lab DeepMind is enabling AI agents to perceive dynamic real-world environments more like humans do. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Joint SpatialTemporal Transformation Learning Boosts VideoInpainting Performance

Researchers introduce a joint Spatial-Temporal Transformer Network (STTN) to tackle such video inpainting challenges. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Facebook&Inria Propose High-Performance Self-Supervised Technique for CV Tasks

Researchers have developed a new technique for self-supervised training of convolutional networks used for image classification and other computer vision tasks. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Automating MachineLearning: Google AutoML-Zero Evolves MLAlgorithms from Scratch

Google researchers propose an “AutoML-Zero” approach designed to automatically search for machine learning (ML) algorithms from scratch, requiring minimal human expertise or input. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Google Bridges Domain Gaps in Semantic Segmentation of Lidar Point Clouds

A team of Google researchers recently proposed a novel “complete and label” domain adaptation approach. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

A Look at Paper‘Understanding Early Word Learning in Situated Artificial Agents’

This paper carefully engineers artificial-language learning experiments to replicate sources of information infants learn from and under what conditions. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Nvidia Novel Vid2vid Framework Synthesizes Realistic World-Consistent Videos

NVIDIA researchers propose a novel vid2vid framework that utilizes all past generated frames during rendering. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Microsoft Chatbot Xiaoice Gain Independence as a New Company Led by Harry Shum

Microsoft announced it would spin off its chatbot business XiaoIce, with all associated technologies licensed to a newly formed independent company. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Poorly-Explained NeurIPS 2020 Desk-Rejects Peeve ML Researchers

NeurIPS desk-rejects (papers passed over without review) has become “a super noisy process,” complains a post in the Reddit Machine Learning group. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Facebook and CMU Introduce TaBERT for Understanding Tabular Data Queries

TaBERT-powered neural semantic parsers showed performance improvements on the challenging benchmark WikiTableQuestions and demonstrated competitive performance on the text-to-SQL dataset Spider. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

TayPO, a Unifying Framework for Reinforcement Learning

Researchers proposed a Taylor Expansion Policy Optimization (TayPO) framework that combines two leading algorithmic improvement methods. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

ICML 2020 Announces Outstanding Paper Awards

The acceptance rate of 21.8 percent is slightly lower than 2019’s 22.6 percent (774 accepted papers from 3,424 submissions). | Continue reading | 2 months ago

New Google Research Incorporates Societal Context in ML Systems

To promote fairer ML systems, the team introduced a collaborative causal theory formation that incorporates diverse stakeholder perspectives for discovering and considering societal context. | Continue reading | 2 months ago