*Finally managed to make some time to write a blog post this term. Looking forward to getting back into blogging more frequently. Introduction Ian Goodfellow introduced GANs in 2014, and since then they have shown incredible quality in the generation of images. How do GANs work? GANs consist of two competing networks - a generator … Continue reading Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) for Text using word2vec: Part 1
Progress Report As part of our work on Alice, we investigated the practicability and usability of two different smart assistants - Alexa and Google Assistant. We decided to proceed with Google Assistant for our project because of Android’s global availability and the ease of transferring our agent to other platforms, including Alexa, if we use … Continue reading Using A DialogFlow Chat Agent to Aid Alzheimer’s Patients: Part 1
It's been a month since I started grad school, and a few things have come to my attention right away. It is a marathon, with many detours, each with its own race. It's a test of will, and it's very different to undergrad. There is a lot of freedom and a lot of deliverables at … Continue reading Conquering Grad School One Blog Post At A Time
Introduction I was fascinated by Zipf's Law when I came across it on a VSauce video. It is an empirical law that states that the frequency of occurrence of a word in a large text corpus is inversely proportional to its rank in its frequency table. The frequency distribution will resemble a Pareto distribution … Continue reading Does Zipf’s Law Apply to Alzheimer’s Patients?
As part of my Machine Learning course, we have to work on a group project. We decided to pursue a reasonably unchartered territory in Reinforcement Learning. Even though none of us are experts in this field, we want to learn our way through the next three months, and hopefully, you get some insights from it … Continue reading Autonomous Transfer Learning in Reinforcement Learning: A Proposal
As part of my Ubiquitous Course, I am supposed to summarize two research papers on assistive technology every week. I will post the summaries of interesting papers here for you to read. This paper talks about using a crowd-sourced real-time captioning system that performs better than a stenographer. Here's my summary: Summary In this study, Lasecki … Continue reading Paper Review: Democratizing Real-time Captioning
I am taking a course in Ubiquitous Computing for Assistive Technology. This is my project proposal for that course (and a way for me to get started on blogging). Alice: Smart Alexa Personal Assistants (ft. Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant) are now being sold in millions of devices. Right from ordering an Uber to telling people … Continue reading Towards Accessibility for Smart Assistants