KDD.SG Seminar on Neural Networks

SIGKDD Singapore & SMU School of Information Systems are jointly organizing this seminar featuring two talks on neural network technologies by two distinguished scientists.


  • “Graph Neural Networks and Applications” by Jie Tang of Tsinghua University
  • “Rep the Set: Neural Networks for Learning Set Representations” by Michalis Vazirgiannis of Ecole Polytechnique

Date: April 25th 2019
Time: 4.00pm to 6.30pm, beginning with light refreshments
Venue: SIS Seminar Rm B1-1, SMU School of Information Systems, 80 Stamford Road, Singapore 178902

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Talk#1: Graph Neural Networks and Applications

Graph Neural networks (GNNs) and their variants have generalized deep learning methods into non-Euclidean graph data, bringing a substantial improvement on many graph mining tasks. In this talk, I will revisit graph convolutional networks and investigate how to improve their representation capacity. We discover that the performance of GNNs can be significantly improved with several simple and elegant refinements on the neighborhood aggregation and network sampling steps. Importantly, we show that some of the most expressive GNNs, e.g., the graph attention network, can be reformulated as a particular instance of our models. Extensive experiments on different types of graph benchmarks show that our proposed framework can significantly and consistently improve the graph classification accuracy when compared to state-of-the-art baselines.


Jie Tang is a Fuphoto_jietangll Professor and the Vice Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University. His interests include data mining, social networks, knowledge graph, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He has been visiting scholar at Cornell University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Southampton University. He has published more than 300 journal/conference papers and holds 20 patents. His papers have been cited by more than 12,000 times. He served as PC Co-Chair of CIKM’16, WSDM’15, Associate General Chair of KDD’18, and Acting Editor-in-Chief of ACM TKDD, Editors of IEEE TKDE/TBD and ACM TIST. He leads the project AMiner.org for academic social network analysis and mining, which has attracted more than 10 million independent IP accesses from 220 countries/regions in the world. He was honored with the UK Royal Society-Newton Advanced Fellowship Award, CCF Young Scientist Award, NSFC for Distinguished Young Scholar, and KDD’18 Service Award.

Talk#2: Rep the Set: Neural Networks for Learning Set Representations

In several domains, data objects can be decomposed into sets of simpler objects. It is then natural to represent each object as the set of its components or parts. Many conventional machine learning algorithms are unable to process this kind of representations, since sets may vary in cardinality and elements lack a meaningful ordering. In this paper, we present a new neural network architecture, called RepSet, that can handle examples that are represented as sets of vectors. The proposed model computes the correspondences between an input set and some hidden sets by solving a series of network flow problems. This representation is then fed to a standard neural network architecture to produce the output. The architecture allows end-to-end gradient-based learning. We demonstrate RepSet on classification tasks, including text categorization, and graph classification, and we show that the proposed neural network achieves performance better or comparable to state-of-the-art algorithms


photo_michalisDr.  Vazirgiannis is a Professor at LIX, Ecole Polytechnique in France. He has conducted research in Frauenhofer and Max Planck-MPI (Germany), in INRIA/FUTURS (Paris). He has been a teaching in AUEB (Greece), Ecole Polytechnique, Telecom-Paristech, ENS (France), Tsinghua, Jiaotong Shanghai (China) and in Deusto University (Spain). His current research interests are on deep and machine learning for Graph analysis (including community detection, graph classification, clustering and embeddings, influence maximization), Text mining including Graph of Words, deep learning for word embeddings with applications to web advertising and marketing, event detection and summarization. He has active cooperation with industrial partners in the area of data analytics and machine learning for large scale data repositories in different application domains. He has supervised twenty completed PhD theses. He has published three books and more than a 200 papers in international refereed journals and conferences and received best paper awards in ACM CIKM2013 and IJCAI2018. He has organized large scale conferences in the area of Data Mining and Machine Learning (such as ECML/PKDD) while he participates in the senior PC of AI and ML conferences – such as AAAI and IJCAI, He has received the ERCIM and the Marie Curie EU fellowships, the Rhino-Bird International Academic Expert Award by Tencent and since 2015 he leads the AXA Data Science chair.


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