EI2019 Short Course Description

SC24: Introduction to Probabilistic Models for Inference and Estimation
Thursday 17 January • 8:30 am – 12:45 pm
Course Length: 4 hours
Course Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Gaurav Sharma, University of Rochester
Fee*: Member: $290 / Non-member: $315 / Student: $95 
*after December 18, 2018, members / non-members prices increase by $50, student price increases by $20 

The course aims at providing attendees a foundation in inference and estimation using probabilistic models. Starting from the broad base of probabilistic inference and estimation, the course develops the treatment of specific techniques that underlie many current day machine learning and inference algorithms. Topics covered include a review of concepts from probability and stochastic processes, IID and Markov processes, basics of inference and estimation, Maximum Aposteriori Probability (MAP) and Maximum Likelihood (ML), expectation maximization for ML estimation, hidden Markov models, and Markov and conditional random fields. The pedagogical approach is to illustrate the use of models via concrete examples: each model is introduced via a detailed toy example and then illustrated via one or two actual application examples.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe and intuitively explain fundamental probabilistic concepts such independence, Bayes’ rule, and stationarity.
  • Explain the basis of Maximum Aposteriori Probability (MAP) and Maximum Likelihood (ML) detection and estimation rules.
  • Describe how latent variables and sequential dependence underlie expectation maximization and hidden Markov Models.
  • Develop simple applications of probabilistic models for computer vision and image processing problems.
  • Cite and explain application examples involving the use of probabilistic models in computer vision, machine learning, and image processing.
Intended Audience
Engineers, scientists, students, and managers interested in understanding how probabilistic models are used in inference and parameter estimation problems in today’s machine learning and computer vision applications and in applying such models to their own problems. Prior familiarity with the basics of probability and with matrix vector operations are necessary for a thorough understanding, although attendees lacking this background will still be able to develop an intuitive high-level understanding.

Gaurav Sharma has more than two decades of experience in the design and optimization of color imaging systems and algorithms that spans employment at the Xerox Innovation Group and his current position as a professor at the University of Rochester in the departments of electrical and computer engineering and computer science. Additionally, he has consulted for several companies on the development of new imaging systems and algorithms. He holds 51 issued patents and has authored more than a 190 peer-reviewed publications. He is the editor of the Digital Color Imaging Handbook published by CRC Press and served as the Editor-in-Chief for the SPIE/IS&T Journal of Electronic Imaging from 2011 through 2015. Sharma is a fellow of IS&T, IEEE, and SPIE.

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Important Dates
Call for Papers Announced 1 Mar 2018
Journal-first Submissions Due 30 Jun 2018
Abstract Submission Site Opens 1 May 2018
Review Abstracts Due (refer to For Authors page
 · Early Decision Ends 30 Jun 2018
· Regular Submission Ends 8 Sept 2018
· Extended Submission Ends 25 Sept 2018
 Final Manuscript Deadlines  
 · Fast Track Manuscripts Due 14 Nov 2018 
 · Final Manuscripts Due 1 Feb 2019 
Registration Opens 23 Oct 2018
Early Registration Ends 18 Dec 2018
Hotel Reservation Deadline 3 Jan 2019
Conference Begins 13 Jan 2019