PhD Defense by Minsuk Brian Kahng

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    • Tuesday October 8, 2019 - Wednesday October 9, 2019
      10:00 am - 11:59 am
  • Location: Coda 114 (756 West Peachtree St NW)
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Summary Sentence: Human-Centered AI through Scalable Visual Data Analytics

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Title: Human-Centered AI through Scalable Visual Data Analytics
Minsuk Brian Kahng
Computer Science PhD Student
School of Computational Science and Engineering
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm (EDT)
Location: Coda 114 (756 West Peachtree St NW)
Dr. Polo Chau (Advisor, School of Computational Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Sham Navathe (School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Alex Endert (School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Martin Wattenberg (Senior Staff Research Scientist, Google)
Dr. Fernanda Viégas (Senior Staff Research Scientist, Google)
While artificial intelligence (AI) has led to major breakthroughs in many domains, understanding machine learning models remains a fundamental challenge. How can we make AI more accessible and interpretable, or more broadly, human-centered, so that people can easily understand and effectively use these complex models?
My dissertation addresses these fundamental and practical challenges in AI through a human-centered approach, by creating novel data visualization tools that are scalable, interactive, and easy to learn and to use. With such tools, users can better understand models by visually exploring how large input datasets affect the models and their results. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on three interrelated parts:
(1) Unified scalable interpretation: developing scalable visual analytics tools that help engineers interpret industry-scale deep learning models at both instance- and subset-level (e.g., ActiVis deployed by Facebook);
(2) Insight discovery in workflow: designing visual data exploration tools that support discovery of insights through exploration of data groups over different analytics stages, such as model comparison (e.g., MLCube) and fairness auditing (e.g., FairVis); and
(3) Learning complex models by experimentation: building interactive tools that broaden people's access to learning complex deep learning models (e.g., GAN Lab) and browsing raw datasets (e.g., ETable).
My research has made significant impact to society and industry. The ActiVis system for interpreting deep learning models has been deployed on Facebook's machine learning platform. The GAN Lab tool for learning GANs has been open-sourced in collaboration with Google, with its demo used by more than 70,000 people from over 160 countries.


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