The Race For AI: Generative models & Variational AutoEncoders explained

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18:30-19:00: Gathering (food and drinks)

19:00 –20:30- "The Race For AI: Generative models & Variational AutoEncoders explained"

Shai Harel (, Computer Vision Researcher at eBay


The ever-increasing size of modern datasets combined with the difficulty of obtaining labeled information has made semi-supervised learning one of the problems of significant practical importance in modern data analysis. VAE offers a novel way to enforce structure on the representation surface, by doing so, it opens the possibility of employing traditional semi supervised learning techniques on the structured embedding space. In this talk I will cover how VAE impose latent space structure constraint, and how we can use it in a semi-supervised settings.


Over 15 years of experience in computer programming,10 years in the field of statistical machine learning.Finished my M.Sc at the open university of Israel in the field of computer vision, under the supervision of Prof. Tal Hassner. Led the computer vision effort @corrigon, which has been acquired by eBay.

Expert in field of 2D and 3D alignment and deep learning.