Orange County ACM

Welcome to the Orange County Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery

We welcome all interested members, ideas and contributions. We are a non-profit organization whose members include professionals involved in software research and development, from algorithms and computing theory to big data applications, from medical devices and communications to natonal defense, from computer graphics and scientific visualization to computer games and entertainment. Literally any and all applications to which computer technology has been applied or is yet to be invented are encompassed by your fellow professionals in the ACM.
Explaining Black-Box Machine Learning Predictions
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
06:30 PM
The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation
5141 California Ave., Ste 200, Irvine, CA (map)
Located at California and Bison; enter from California. There is free parking available, but give a little time to park.
Sameer Singh, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. of Computer Science, UCI Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS)
Please register at Meetup
for the fourth of the Orange County ACM Chapter's 2017 bi-monthly evening program series.
Agenda

6:30 PM Doors Open & Networking
7:00 PM Announcements and Presentation
8:30 PM Meeting Adjourned

Event Details

Machine learning is at the forefront of many recent advances in science and technology, enabled in part by the sophisticated models and algorithms that have been recently introduced. However, as a consequence of this complexity, machine learning essentially acts as a black-box as far as users are concerned, making it incredibly difficult to understand, predict, or "trust" their behavior.

In this talk, Prof. Singh will describe approaches to explain the predictions of ANY classifier in an interpretable and faithful manner. He will present examples of explanations for a variety of data types, such as images, text, and tabular data, and complex classifiers, such as random forests and deep neural networks. He will also present quantitative evaluation with human subjects on scenarios that require trust: deciding if one should trust a prediction, choosing between two algorithms, improving an untrustworthy algorithm, and predicting the behavior of the classifier.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Sameer Singh is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is working on large-scale and interpretable machine learning applied to information extraction and natural language processing.

Sameer was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Washington. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2014, during which he also worked at Microsoft Research, Google Research, and Yahoo! Labs on massive-scale machine learning.

He was awarded the Adobe Research Data Science Faculty Award, was selected as a DARPA Riser, won the grand prize in the Yelp dataset challenge, and received the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges fellowship. Sameer has published at top-tier machine learning and natural language processing conferences and workshops. (http://sameersingh.org)

Co-sponsors

This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computer Society.

Upcoming Programs

Date Event Presenter Meetup Note
12-Jul-2017 Explaining Black-Box Machine Learning Predictions Sameer Singh, Ph.D. Meetup Welcome tab

Past Programs

Date Event Presenter Meetup Documents
10-May-2017 Saving Power in the Data Center Marios Papaefthymiou Meetup Saving Power
ICS Overview
08-Mar-2017 Cyber Attacks and Defenses: Trends, Challenges, and Outlook Michael Franz Meetup
11-Jan-2017 Connection, Collection, Concentration - Evolving to the Intelligent Experience Peter Coffee Meetup Slides
09-Nov-2016 The Diversity of the Cyber Threat Landscape Brian Wallace Meetup .
14-Sep-2016 An Intellectual Property Primer For Software Developers John King, JD Meetup .
13-Jul-2016 The Past, Present and Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality Jacquelyn Morie Meetup .
11-May-2016 The Desktop 3D Printing Revolution and The Software Behind It Erick Wolf Meetup .
09-Mar-2016 Distributed Applications at Scale with the Elastic Container Service (ECS) Curd Zechmeister Meetup .
13-Jan-2016 Computing at the Edge of the Internet of Things Mark Bachman Meetup .
11-Nov-2015 Big Data: Hope or Hype? Padhraic Smyth Meetup .
09-Sep-2015 Breaking the Data Science Bottleneck Oren Goldschmidt Meetup .

Upcoming Meetings of the ACM OC Chapter Executive Committee

Wednesday: June 28, 2017 | July 26, 2017 | August 23, 2017
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation
Clifornia Avenue, Ste 200, Irvine, CA (map)

Agenda
1) Review and approve prior meeting minutes
2) Treasurer's report
3) Review learnings from the prior program meeting
4) Operational planning for the next program meeting
5) Identify and discuss potential future program speakers
6) Other business
Note
These Executive Committee Meetings are open to all.
We meet in the Pirates Cove Conference Room.

Past Meetings

Date Meeting Meetup Documents
24-May-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
26-Apr-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
22-Mar-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
22-Mar-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
22-Feb-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
25-Jan-2017 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
14-Dec-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
26-Oct-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
28-Sep-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
24-Aug-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
27-Jul-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
22-Jun-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
25-May-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
27-Apr-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
23-Mar-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
09-Mar-2016 Annual Business . Agenda & Notes
24-Feb-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
27-Jan-2016 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
25-Nov-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
28-Oct-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
23-Sep-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup Agenda & Notes
26-Aug-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup .
22-Jul-2015 Organizing Committee Meetup .
17-Jul-2015 Programs Committee Meetup Bylaws

Membership

Welcome to the Orange County Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. We welcome all interested members, ideas and contributions. We are a non-profit organization whose members include professionals involved in software research and development, from algorithms and computing theory to big data applications, from medical devices and communications to natonal defense, from computer graphics and scientific visualization to computer games and entertainment. Literally any and all applications to which computer technology has been applied or is yet to be invented are encompassed by your fellow professionals in the ACM.
Our mailing list ensures that you are notified of our talks, meetings, demos, workshops, etc. ACM-OC membership offers great professional and educational benefits. You may contact us through our Contact form.

Sponsorship

Welcome to the Orange County Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. We welcome all interested members, ideas and contributions. We are a non-profit organization whose members include professionals involved in software research and development, from algorithms and computing theory to big data applications, from medical devices and communications to natonal defense, from computer graphics and scientific visualization to computer games and entertainment. Literally any and all applications to which computer technology has been applied or is yet to be invented are encompassed by your fellow professionals in the ACM.
We need, and will appropriately reward, your participation and support. Monetary contributions may be tax deductible. You may contact us regarding this through our Contact form, Chair (Daniel Whelan, PhD), or Vice Chair (Michael Fahy, PhD).

Officers

Office Officer Contact
Chair Daniel Whelan, Ph.D. daniel (dot) s (dot) whelan (at) gmail (dot) com
Vice Chair Michael Fahy, Ph.D.
Treasurer Steve Steinberg, Ph.D.
Secretary Ali Zharaei, Ph.D.
Programs – Lead Generation Shirley Tseng
Communications Allen Takatsuka
University Liaison Nilo Niccolai, Ph.D. nnicolai (at) fullcoll (dot) edu
Webmaster Lalit Patel, Ph.D. llsr (at) att (dot) net
Past Chair Don V. Black, Ph.D.

Awards

Award Awardee Detail
OC ACM Award in 2017 for Excellence in Computer Science at Chapman University Josh Graves Josh Graves

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