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Driving Model Performance with Synthetic Data VII: Model-Based Domain Adaptation

After a long hiatus, we return from interviews to long forms, continuing (and hopefully finishing) our series on how synthetic data is used in machine learning and how machine learning models can adapt to using synthetic data. This is our seventh installment in the series (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6), but, as usual, this post is (I hope!) sufficiently self-contained. We will discuss how one can have a model that works well on synthetic data without making it more realistic explicitly but doing the domain adaptation work at the level of features or model itself.

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Synthetic Data and the Metaverse

Today, we are talking about the Metaverse, a bold vision for the next iteration of the Internet consisting of interconnected virtual spaces. The Metaverse is a buzzword that had sounded entirely fantastical for a very long time. But lately, it looks like technology is catching up, and we may live to see the Metaverse in the near future. In this post, we discuss how modern artificial intelligence, especially computer vision, is enabling the Metaverse, and how synthetic data is enabling the relevant parts of computer vision.

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AI Interviews: Andrew Rabinovich

Today, I am proud to present our guest for the second interview, Dr. Andrew Rabinovich. Currently, Andrew is the CTO and co-founder of Headroom Inc., a startup devoted to producing AI-based solutions for online business meetings (taking notes, detecting and attracting attention, summarization, and so on). Dr. Rabinovich has produced many important advances in the field of computer vision (here is his Google Scholar account), but he is probably best known for his work as the Director of Deep Learning at Magic Leap, an augmented reality startup that raised more than $3B in investments.

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AI Interviews: Serge Belongie

Hi all! Today we begin a new series of posts here in the Synthesis AI blog. We will talk to the best researchers and practitioners in the field of machine learning, discussing different topics but, obviously, trying to circle back to our main focus of synthetic data every once in a while.

Today we have our first guest, Professor Serge Belongie. He is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (DIKU) and the Director of the Pioneer Centre for Artificial Intelligence. Previously he was the Andrew H. and Ann R. Tisch Professor at Cornell Tech and in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University, and an Associate Dean at Cornell Tech.

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Synthetic Data for Safe Driving

The role of synthetic data in developing solutions for autonomous driving is hard to understate. In a recent post, I already touched upon virtual outdoor environments for training autonomous driving agents, and this is a huge topic that we will no doubt return to later. But today, I want to talk about a much more specialized topic in the same field: driver safety monitoring. It turns out that synthetic data can help here as well—and today we will understand how. This is a companion post for our recent press release.

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Synthetic Data-Centric AI

In a recent series of talks and related articles, one of the most prominent AI researchers Andrew Ng pointed to the elephant in the room of artificial intelligence: the data. It is a common saying in AI that “machine learning is 80% data and 20% models”, but in practice, the vast majority of effort from both researchers and practitioners concentrates on the model part rather than the data part of AI/ML. In this article, we consider this 80/20 split in slightly more detail and discuss one possible way to advance data-centric AI research.

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Synthetic Data Case Studies: It Just Works

In this (very) long post, we present an entire whitepaper on synthetic data, proving that synthetic data works even without complicated domain adaptation techniques in a wide variety of practical applications. We consider three specific problems, all related to human faces, show that synthetic data works for all three, and draw some other interesting and important conclusions.

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Top 5 Applications of Synthetic Data

It’s been a while since we last met on this blog. Today, we are having a brief interlude in the long series of posts on how to make machine learning models better with synthetic data (that’s a long and still unfinished series: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI). I will give a brief overview of five primary fields where synthetic data can shine. You will see that most of them are related to computer vision, which is natural for synthetic data based on 3D models. Still, it makes sense to clarify where exactly synthetic data is already working well and where we expect synthetic data to shine in the nearest future.

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Driving Model Performance with Synthetic Data VI: Real-to-Synthetic

Today we continue the series on using synthetic data to improve machine learning models.This is the sixth part of the series (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V). In this (relatively) short interlude I will discuss an interesting variation of GAN-based refinement: making synthetic data from real. Why would we ever want to do that if the final goal is always to make the model work on real data rather than synthetic? In this post, we will see two examples from different domains that show both why and how.

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Driving Model Performance with Synthetic Data V: Synthetic-to-Real Refinement

We continue the series on synthetic data as it is used in machine learning today. This is a fifth part of an already pretty long series (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4), and it’s far from over, but I try to keep each post more or less self-contained. Today, however, we pick up from last time, so if you have not read Part 4 yet I suggest to go through it first. In that post, we discussed synthetic-to-real refinement for gaze estimation, which suddenly taught us a lot about modern GAN-based architectures. But eye gaze still remains a relatively small and not very variable problem, so let’s see how well synthetic data does in other computer vision applications. Again, expect a lot of GANs and at least a few formulas for the loss functions.

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Synthesis AI Raises a $17 Million Series A To Expand Its Synthetic Data Platform for Computer Vision AI