Fourth Edinburgh Deep Learning Workshop

21st March 2017, in conjunction with Ground floor, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh Organisers: Amos J. Storkey, Krzysztof J. Geras, Elliot J. Crowley

This workshop follows on from the previous Edinburgh Deep Learning workshops, each attracting between 150 and 200 people. These include the Edinburgh Deep Learning 2014, Edinburgh Deep Learning 2015, and the Alan Turing Institute Deep Learning Open Workshop. Edinburgh was also host to the invitation-only Alan Turing Institute Deep Learning Scoping Workshop. It will take place on 21st March 2017, and run from 09:00 until 17:15.

Update: The workshop has concluded. Thank you to all who attended.


Deep learning methods continue to dominate the field of machine learning, and are now commonplace in many research areas. They get significant media attention. Such methods are remarkably successful at a diverse range of tasks, particularly in supervised learning environments; they have surpassed humans at Go, they self-drive cars, play video games, and are able to detect objects in images and videos with astonishing accuracy. One big area of interest now is utilising deep learning in unsupervised environments, or making use of unsupervised information. This is in part due to the success of Generative Adversarial Networks which are able to learn to generate high-dimensional artificial images that can be mistaken for real images. This workshop will explore the latest flavours in supervised and unsupervised deep learning to keep machine learners on the cutting edge, as well as the challenges and future directions of deep learning. This workshop also acts as an opportunity for cross-disciplinary discussion and collaboration.


09.00Introduction: Amos Storkey (University of Edinburgh)
09.15Oriol Vinyals (DeepMind)
Recent Advances in One Shot Learning Abstract
10.00Harrison Edwards (University of Edinburgh)
Towards a Neural Statistician
10.20Poster Spotlights
10.45Coffee and Posters
11.15Aapo Hyvärinen (University College London, University of Helsinki)
Nonlinear ICA using temporal structure: a principled framework for unsupervised deep learning Abstract
12.00Chris Maddison (University of Oxford, DeepMind)
Particle Value Functions
12.20Saumya Jetley (University of Oxford)
Straight to Shapes: Real-time Detection of Encoded Shapes
12.40Emma Hart (SICSA)
14.00Andrew Zisserman (University of Oxford, DeepMind)
Learning to lip read by watching TV Abstract
14.45José Miguel Hernández-Lobato (University of Cambridge)
Learning and Policy Search in Stochastic Dynamical Systems with Bayesian Neural Networks
15.05Alison Lowndes (Nvidia)
Nvidia Hardware/Software Update
15.15Sidharth Kashyap (Intel)
Performance Optimization of Tensorflow Framework on Modern Intel Architectures
15.25Richard Carter (DataLab)
15.30Coffee and Posters
16.00Ferenc Huszar (Twitter Cortex)
Deep Learning for Image Processing: From MSE to Adversarial Variational Inference Abstract
16.45Andrew Brock (Heriot-Watt University)
Neural Photo Editing with Introspective Adversial Networks
17.05Final Comments and Close


Renzo Andri (ETH Zurich)
The Deep Internet-of-Things: Why the Deep Learning community should care about hardware
Yanis Bahroun (Loughborough University)
Online Representation Learning with Multi-layer Hebbian Networks for Image Classification Tasks
Shabab Bazrafkan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Semi-Parallel Deep Neural Networks
Francesco Conti (ETH Zurich)
An IoT Endpoint System-on-Chip for Secure and Energy-Efficient Near-Sensor Analytics
Ondrej Dusek (Heriot-Watt University) Spotlight
Sequence-to-Sequence Generation for Spoken Dialogue via Deep Syntax Trees and Strings
Matthew Graham (University of Edinburgh)
Inference in differentiable generative models
Catherine Higham (University of Glasgow) Spotlight
Achieving Single-Pixel Camera Video Rates using Deep Learning
Katarzyna Janocha (Jagiellonian University) Spotlight
On Loss Functions for Deep Neural Networks in Classification
Christoph Kading (Friedrich Schiller University)
Active and Continuous Exploration with Deep Neural Networks and Expected Model Output Changes
Joseph Lemley (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Smart Augmentation: Learning an Optimal Data Augmentation Strategy
Noura Moubayed (Durham University)
SMS Spam Filtering using Probabilistic Topic Modelling and Stacked Denoising Autoencoder
Nick Pawlowski (Imperial College London) Spotlight
Efficient Variational Bayesian Neural Network Ensembles for Outlier Detection
Marwin Segler (University of Münster) Spotlight
Towards "AlphaChem": Chemical Synthesis Planning with Tree Search and Deep Neural Network Policies
Sunna Torge (TU Dresden)
Deep Learning and High-Performance Computing
Duo Wang (University of Cambridge)
X-CNN: Cross-Modal Convolutional Neural Networks for Sparse Datasets
Ce Zhang (Lancaster University)
A hybrid MLP-CNN classifier for very fine resolution remotely sensed image classification


Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements. By train the nearest station is Edinburgh Waverley, which is less than a 15 minute walk from the forum. See National Rail Enquiries for train information. For those coming from further afield, information about travel to and from Edinburgh Airport is available. A taxi to the city centre from the airport costs about 22GBP to 24GBP one way. There is an express bus from the airport called Airlink that terminates in the city centre and costs 7GBP for a return journey. The journey to the airport requires approximately 30 minutes from the city centre of actual journey time (add a little more during the rush hours). There is also a tram that goes to the centre of town. It takes a little longer than the bus, and is slightly more expensive.


If you wish to contribute a talk/poster to this workshop, then please send a title, and a reference to an arXiv or openreview paper. We welcome papers that will be/have been published elsewhere; this is a forum for discussion and dissemination, not for publication. Alternatively you can provide a paper or two page description.

Please send submissions to, replacing the dual @ sign. Please send contributions before 21st February (the sooner the better). We will then be in contact about your submission. It is likely that not all submissions will be able to be included.

Update: The submission deadline has passed. Thank you to those that submitted work.


If you wish to attend then please register at the eventbrite site. Registration is free.

Update: The event is now fully booked.