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Scalable and Ensemble Learning for Big Data

Scalable and Ensemble Learning for Big Data

Trending PhD Thesis on Scalable and Ensemble Learning for Big Data

Research Area:  Machine Learning


The turn of the decade has trademarked society and computing research with a data deluge. As the number of smart, highly accurate and Internet-capable devices increases, so does the amount of data that is generated and collected. While this sheer amount of data has the potential to enable high quality inference, and mining of information, it introduces numerous challenges in the processing and pattern analysis, since available statistical inference and machine learning approaches do not necessarily scale well with the number of data and their dimensionality. In addition to the challenges related to scalability, data gathered are often noisy, dynamic, contaminated by outliers or corrupted to specifically inhibit the inference task. Moreover, many machine learning approaches have been shown to be susceptible to adversarial attacks. At the same time, the cost of cloud and distributed computing is rapidly declining. Therefore, there is a pressing need for statistical inference and machine learning tools that are robust to attacks and scale with the volume and dimensionality of the data, by harnessing efficiently the available computational resources. This thesis is centered on analytical and algorithmic foundations that aim to enable statistical inference and data analytics from large volumes of high-dimensional data. The vision is to establish a comprehensive framework based on state-of-the-art machine learning, optimization and statistical inference tools to enable truly large-scale inference, which can tap on the available (possibly distributed) computational resources, and be resilient to adversarial attacks. The ultimate goal is to both analytically and numerically demonstrate how valuable insights from signal processing can lead to markedly improved and accelerated learning tools. To this end, the present thesis investigates two main research thrusts: i) Large-scale subspace clustering; and ii) unsupervised ensemble learning. The aforementioned research thrusts introduce novel algorithms that aim to tackle the issues of large-scale learning. The potential of the proposed algorithms is showcased by rigorous theoretical results and extensive numerical tests.

Name of the Researcher:  Traganitis, Panagiotis

Name of the Supervisor(s):  Prof. Georgios B. Giannakis

Year of Completion:  2019


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