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Special Issue "Sensor Data Summarization: Theory, Applications, and Systems"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Intelligent Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2022.

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Prof. Dan Feldman
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Robotics & Big Data Lab, Computer Science Department, University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838, Israel
Interests: machine Learning; big data; computer vision and robotics
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Dear Colleagues,

Research on data summarization techniques such as coreset and sketch constructions is growing rapidly these days, and not only in its original community, theoretical computer sciences and mathematics, but also in more modern fields that use huge amounts of data from sensors, such as machine and deep learning. In recent years, we have also seen more and more papers in applied fields such as robotics, graphics, and computer vision, and new related theories in areas such as differential privacy, cryptographic, compressed sensing, and signal processing.

Due to this multidisciplinary research, results sometimes fall between the cracks: Theory-oriented people may not appreciate experimental results, while practitioners may not be interested in or understand tedious mathematical proofs. Often, by the time reviews are available and your journal version is published, the results have already been improved upon and become obsolete.

This Special Issue is dedicated to all types of aspects in sensor data summarization, including new provable constructions, related approximation algorithms, applications to streaming and parallel computations, software implementations, and systems that are based on such techniques.

Our goal is to have an exciting Special Edition with interesting high-quality results with an efficient reviewing process that is both professional and relatively fast.

Prof. Dan Feldman
Guest Editor

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  • coreset
  • sketch
  • streaming
  • parallel computations
  • compressed sensing
  • dimension reduction
  • sparsification
  • sampling

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No Fine-Tuning, No Cry: Robust SVD for Compressing Deep Networks
Sensors 2021, 21(16), 5599; - 19 Aug 2021
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A common technique for compressing a neural network is to compute the k-rank 2 approximation Ak of the matrix ARn×d via SVD that corresponds to a fully connected layer (or embedding layer). Here, d is [...] Read more.
A common technique for compressing a neural network is to compute the k-rank 2 approximation Ak of the matrix ARn×d via SVD that corresponds to a fully connected layer (or embedding layer). Here, d is the number of input neurons in the layer, n is the number in the next one, and Ak is stored in O((n+d)k) memory instead of O(nd). Then, a fine-tuning step is used to improve this initial compression. However, end users may not have the required computation resources, time, or budget to run this fine-tuning stage. Furthermore, the original training set may not be available. In this paper, we provide an algorithm for compressing neural networks using a similar initial compression time (to common techniques) but without the fine-tuning step. The main idea is replacing the k-rank 2 approximation with p, for p[1,2], which is known to be less sensitive to outliers but much harder to compute. Our main technical result is a practical and provable approximation algorithm to compute it for any p1, based on modern techniques in computational geometry. Extensive experimental results on the GLUE benchmark for compressing the networks BERT, DistilBERT, XLNet, and RoBERTa confirm this theoretical advantage. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensor Data Summarization: Theory, Applications, and Systems)
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