Lampert Group

Machine Learning and Computer Vision

Today’s computer programs are “idiots savant”: software that is extremely good at a certain task, such as playing chess, is completely useless for most other tasks like searching a database, and vice versa. The Lampert group works on methods for computers to break out of this limitation by sharing information between different tasks.

Modern computer software adapts to its users, e.g. voice recognition software learns to understand its speaker better over time, and email programs learn which of all incoming emails are spam and should therefore be suppressed. However, this learning process happens independently for each task that the computer is meant to solve. The Lampert group develops and analyzes algorithms that allow computers to learn new tasks while making use of the knowledge acquired from previous tasks. A particular application area is automatic image understanding, whereby the goal of the software is to analyze the contents of a natural image and automatically answer questions such as: What objects are visible in the image? Where are they located? How do they interact?

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Current Projects

Trustworthy machine learning | Transfer and lifelong learning | Theory of deep learning | Generative modeling in computer vision


Phuong M. 2021. Underspecification in Deep Learning. IST Austria. View

Phuong M, Lampert C. 2021. The inductive bias of ReLU networks on orthogonally separable data. 9th International Conference on Learning Representations. ICLR: International Conference on Learning Representations. View

Volhejn V, Lampert C. 2020. Does SGD implicitly optimize for smoothness? 42nd German Conference on Pattern Recognition . DAGM GCPR: German Conference on Pattern Recognition . View

Royer A. 2020. Leveraging structure in Computer Vision tasks for flexible Deep Learning models. IST Austria. View

Konstantinov NH, Frantar E, Alistarh D-A, Lampert C. 2020. On the sample complexity of adversarial multi-source PAC learning. Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Machine Learning. ICML: International Conference on Machine Learning vol. 119, 5416–5425. View

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since 2015 Professor, IST Austria
2010 — 2015 Assistant Professor, IST Austria
2007 – 2010 Senior Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
2004 – 2007 Senior Researcher, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Kaiserslautern, Germany
2003 PhD, University of Bonn, Germany

Selected Distinctions

since 2015 Associate Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (T-PAMI)
2012 ERC Starting Grant (consolidator phase)
2008 Best Paper Award, IEEE Conference for Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
2008 Best Student Paper Award, European Conference for Computer Vision (ECCV)
2008 Main Prize, German Society for Pattern Recognition (DAGM)

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