Unsupervised and transfer learning challenge



We organized a data mining challenge in “unsupervised and transfer learning” (the UTL challenge), in collaboration with the DARPA Deep Learning program. The goal of this year's challenge was to learn good data representations that can be re-used across tasks by building models that capture regularities of the input space. The representations provided by the participants were evaluated by the organizers on supervised learning “target tasks”, which were unknown to the participants. In a first phase of the challenge, the competitors were given only unlabeled data to learn their data representation. In a second phase of the challenge, the competitors were also provided with a limited amount of labeled data from “source tasks”, distinct from the “target tasks”. We made available large datasets from various application domains: handwriting recognition, image recognition, video processing, text processing, and …


Isabelle Guyon
Graham Taylor
Gideon Dror
Isabelle Guyon
DW Aha
David W Aha