AI that builds AI (autonomous Deep learning)

While building ConvNets for image classification,we’ve to go through troublesome handcrafted feature extraction with layers suiting every dataset.

Instead why not build a CNN model that generates other CNN models according to need? A recent paper published at School of Computer Science, NPU has emereged with an idea to do this.

Proposed genetic DCNN designer involves feeding it randomly initialized population(each encoded).Based on current generation,new generation is produced by performing a combination of operations called selection, crossover and mutation and iter through them till accomplishment point.

Figure-1:Typical DCNN designer

Figure 1 gives an insight to what DCNN generator looks like.

They have evaluated on six image classification tasks using the MNIST, EMNISTDigits, EMNISTLetters,FashionMNIST,CIFAR10,CIFAR100 datasets.

Lets go step by step.


Value range of each parameters for DCNN (#O=optimizers)

Here,convolutional blocks compose a convolutional arm and fully connected blocks compose a fully connected arm. Convolutional block contains 6 loci in sequence and can be encoded as-NSPBAD (N=filters,S=filter_size,P=Pooling,B=Batch_normalization, A=activation,D=dropout),whereas fully connected block consist of NBAD(N=no. of neurons).For eg,NSPBAD=[64,3,0,1,4,0] respectively

figure 2: representation

A DCNN with N^C(n)convolutional blocks and N^F(n) fully connected blocks is presented as figure 2.


Before producing the next generation,we evaluate individuals fitness. Based on the fitness ranking, we use the elitism roulette wheel selection scheme( to select 0.1% of top ranking elites from current generation to carry over to next and select 0.9% for subsequent genetic operations.


Si & Sj producing Si’ & Sj’

For a pair of selected DCNNs,S(i)&S(j),we randomly locate a cross point(k) on each of them,which breaks the architecture into two segments. By swapping the segments of those 2 DCNNs,2 new DCNNs are generated,whose depths may be different from the depths of their parents.If u wanna go deeper into code-lengths of each,click here.


An example of Mutation

To maintain genetic diversity from one generation to the next,mutation operation is applied to each individual, altering an DCNN architecture.Its just changing some parameters of N,P,B,A,S,D.


figure 4 : Classification accuracy of four DCNNs (%)

Figure 4 shows that the model which our DCNN designer made outperformed famous models like AlexNet,ResNet,etc. on MNIST,Fashion-MNIST,EMNIST- digits/letters datasets.

figure 5 : Classification accuracy on CIFAR10 and CIFAR100 (%)

figure 5 similarly shows on CIFAR10/100 datasets and proposed did quite good there.

Thus, highest classification accuracy achieved in each generation(1 generation=100 epochs)on each dataset is shown below.

The experiments were conducted using server with 2-Intel Xeon & 8-NVIDIA Titan GPUs. It would perform better for more epochs and computational power.

link to paper :

Source: Deep Learning on Medium