- [AIGC and Virtual Content
Generation] We have three-fold goals for this project: 1)
developing next-generation of light stage to capture high-defnite
meshes, 4K texture and normal maps; 2) building new generation of AIGC
technologies to enable automatic modeling, rigging and animation of
digital avatars in virtual environments; supporting multimodal AIGC
from text to expressions and human motions; 3) highly efficiently
rendering and relighting details of avatar skins, materials of
environments and their interactions. Welcome to contact us to try live demos.
- 1) Next-generation of light stage
and high-definite modeling of 4K details
- A light stage is
built to enable capturing of multi-view/multi-expression of human face
and body. It is based on stereo and photo-metric techniques, allowing
to capture high-definite meshes with millions of vertices, and 4K
texture and normal maps. The light stage enables us to capture
various expressions of a performer from multiple views. The captured
data allows to model and animate an avatar based on AI technogies. 4K
texture and normal maps are captured.
stage for capturing high-definite data
capturing of various expressions (c) 4K texture and normal maps.
- 2) AIGC-based modeling, rigging
animation of avatars in virtual environments
- Our AI-based
algorithm learns a light-weighted model to animate fine-details of
expressions and motions for an avatar from a smart phone. Multimodal
AIGC model is also built to animate avatars from texts subject to
(d) AI-enabled modeling, rigging and
animation of digital avatars
Network Pretraining] Using self-supervised
unsupervised, semi-supervised and/or supervised (pre-)training of CNNs,
We developed two novel paradigms of self-supervised methods a)
Auto-Encoding Transformations (AET)
that learns Transformation-Equivariant Representations; b)
Adversarial Contrast (AdCo) that directly self-trains negative
pairs in contrastive learning approach.
- 1) Unsupervised
and AETv2 [link],
- 2) Variational
AET and the connection to transformation-equivariant
representation learning [link][pdf][github],
- 3) (Semi-)Supervised
AET training with an ensemble of spatial and non-spatial
- 4) GraphTER (Graph
Transformation Equivariant Representation): Unsupervised
training of Graph Convolutional Networks (GCNs) for 3D Scene
Understanding based on Point Cloud Analysis [pdf][github],
- 5) Transformation
by using the AET loss to train the discriminator for better
generalization to create new images [pdf].
- 6) Adversarial
An adversarial contrastive learning method to directly train
negative samples end-to-end. It shows high performance to
on ImageNet with
20% fewer epochs than the SOTA methods (e.g., MoCo v2, and BYOL)
achieving even better top-1 accuracy. The model is easy to implement
and can be used as a plug-in algorithm to combine with many
- 7) Multi-task AET
(MAET) for Dark Object Detection [pdf]:
We propose a multi-task AET for visual representation learning in
low-light environment for object detection. It applies an orthogonal
regularity among the tangents under both spatial and low-illumination
degrading transformations to minimize the cross-task
which delivers the SOTA performance on dark object detection.
(a) AutoEncoding Transformations (AET) [pdf
Graph TER (GTER) [pdf
Multitask AET (MAET)
Comparison of BYOL vs. AdCo. While BYOL has to learn a multi-layer of
MLP predictor (highlighted in red) to estimate the represenation of the
other branch, AdCo
instead learns a single layer of negative adversaries. For the first
time, the AdCo shows the negative samples are learnable to track the
change of represenations over the pretraining course, with superior
performances on downstream tasks.
- [Regularized GANs and Applications
to Visual Content Synthesis and Manipulation] We
present a regularized Loss-Sensitive GAN (LS-GAN),
and extended it to a generalized version (GLS-GAN) with
many variants of regularized GANs as its special cases.
We proved both the distributional consistency and generalizability of
the LS-GAN with polynomial
sample complexity to generate new contents. See more
LS-GAN and GLS-GAN [pdf][github],
- 2) A landscape of
regularized GANs in a big picture [url],
extension by obtaining an encoder of
input samples directly with
margins through the loss-sensitive GAN [github: torch,
The LS-GAN has been
adopted by Microsoft CNTK (Cognitive Toolkit) as a reference
regularized GAN model [link].
Localized GAN was used to model the manifold of images along their
tangent vector spaces. It was used to capture and/or generate
local variants of input images so that their attributes can be edited
by manipulating the input noises. The local variants of
along the tangents can also be used to approximate
the Beltrami-Laplace operator for semi-supervised
The map of conventional vs. regularized GANs, in which the GLS-GAN
contains all known regularized GANs as its special cases [pdf
It provides a systematic plot of regularized GAN models found thus
far from both theoretic and practical perspectives. The proposed
Minimum Recontruction Error (MRE) [pdf
also gives a quantity measure of generalizability to generate and
contents out of existing examples. This demonstrates regularized GANs
such as LS-GAN and GLS-GAN are models not only merely memorizing
training examples, but also being able to create contents
- Machine Learning for Internet-Of-Things (IOTs) and Multi-Source Analysis] We
developed 1) State-Frequency Memory RNNs [pdf]
for multiple-frequency analysis of signals, 2) Spatial-Temporal
to integrate self-attentions over spatial topolgy and temporal
dynamics for traffic forecasting, and 3) First-Take-All
to efficiently index and retrieve multimodal sensor signals at
- 1) State-Frequency Memory (SFM)
RNNs for Multi-Source Signal/Financial Data Analysis. It
multiple frequencies of
dynamic memory for time-series analysis through SFM RNNs.
The multi-frequency memory enables more accurate signal
the LSTM in various ranges of dynamic contexts. For example, in
financial anlayis [pdf],
long-term investors use low-frequency information to
forecast asset prices, while
high-frequency traders rely more on high-frequency pricing signals to
- 2) Spatial-Temporal Transformer and Applications to Traffic
Forecasting. The spatial-temporal transformer [pdf]
is among one of the first works to apply self-attention to
graph neural networks by exploring both the network topology and
dynamics to forecast traffic flows from city-scale IOT data.
- 3) First-Take-All Hashing and
The First-Take-All (FTA) hashing was developed to
efficiently index dynamic activities captured by multimodal sensors
(cameras and depth sensors) [pdf]
fior eldercare, and image [pdf]
and cross-modal retrieval [pdf].
It is also applied to
classify singals of brain neural activities for early
which is one order of magnitude faster than
the SOTA methods on the
multi-facility dataset in a Kaggle Challenge .
- 4) Temporal alignment between
We propose Dynamically Programmable Layers to
automatically align signals from multiple sources/devices. We
its application to predict the brain connectivities between neurons [pdf].
- 5) Sensor Selection and Time-Series
Prediction. We propose State-Stacked
for sensor selection and the Mixture
Factorized Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Process [pdf]
for time-series forecasting. The method considers the impact of both
faulty sensors (e.g., damaged and out-of-battery) and the change of
hidden states of the underlying mechanic/electric system for
time-series analysis and predictions.
- 6) E-Optimal Sensor Deployment and
We develop an optimal online sensor selection approach with the
restricted isometry property based on e-optimality [link].
successfully applied for collaborative spectrum sensing in cognitive
radio networks (CRNs), and selecting the most informative features from
a large amount of data/signals. The paper will be featured in
IEEE Computer's "Spotlight
on Transactions" Column.
(a) Comparison of RNN, LSTM and SFM for finanical analysis [pdf
(b) Spectrum by SFM [pdf
MF Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Process [pdf
- [Small Data Challenges with
Take a look at our survey of "Small
Data Challenges in Big Data Era: A
Survey of Recent Progress on Unsupervised and Semi-Supervised Methods"
and our tutorial presented at IJCAI 2019 [link]
with the presentation slides [pdf].
Also see our recent works on
- 1) Unsupervised Learning.
AutoEncoding Transformations (AET) [pdf],
Autoencoding Variational Transformations (AVT) [pdf],
GraphTER (Graph Transformation Equivariant Representations) [pdf], TrGANs
(Transformation GANs) [pdf],
- 2) Semi-Supervsied Learning.
Localized GANs (see how to compute Laplace-Beltrami operator directly
for semi-supervised learning) [pdf],
Ensemble AET [pdf],
- 3) Few-Shot Learning.
FLAT (Few-Short Learning via AET) [pdf],
knowledge Transfer for few-shot learning [pdf],
task-agnostic meta-learning [pdf]
Overview of small data methods with limited or no supervision [pdf
- [MAPLE Github] We
are releasing the source code of our research projects
at our MAPLE github homepage [url].
We are inviting everyone interested in our works to
Feedbacks and pull requests are warmly welcome.
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