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Deep Learning in Depth: IARPA's Functional Map of the World Challenge

October 2018 Podcast
Ritwik Gupta, Carson Sestili

Ritwik Gupta and Carson Sestili describe their use of deep learning in IARPA’s Functional Map of the World Challenge.

“The idea is how can you take these very minute differences, not only in scale, but also in landscape, the buildings on there, etc., and identify different land functions. This makes it very different from just a traditional image classification problem because you have to take in not only the object of interest, which is like let’s say a building, but also its entire surroundings.”


Software Engineering Institute




Although traditional machine learning methods are being successfully used to solve many problems in cybersecurity, their success often depends on choosing and extracting the right features from a dataset, which can be hard for complex data. In this podcast, Ritwik Gupta and Carson Sestili describe deep learning, a popular and quickly-growing subfield of machine learning that has had great success on problems about these datasets, and on many other problems where picking the right features for the job is hard or impossible. In this section of the podcast, the two researchers discuss their use of deep learning in IARPA’s Functional Map of the World Challenge. 

About the Speaker

Ritwik Gupta

Ritwik Gupta is a machine learning researcher at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute’s Emerging Technology Center. His research focuses on the intersection of machine learning and health, with many forays into the areas of robotics, adversarial learning, and computational linguistics. He is passionate about educating people about machine learning and the many cool and unique ways it can be applied to unorthodox problem domains.

Carson Sestili

Carson Sestili is a machine learning research scientist in the CERT Data Science group, where he uses data science, statistics, and machine learning for research in cybersecurity and intelligence. His work at CERT has involved applying machine learning for problems in satellite image recognition, code security defect detection, and cyber-incident forecasting. He has also investigated machine learning models that identify novel and ambiguous data.