The Priberam Machine Learning Lunch Seminars are a series of informal meetings which occur every two weeks at Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon. It works as a discussion forum involving different research groups, from IST and elsewhere. Its participants are interested in areas such as (but not limited to): statistical machine learning, signal processing, pattern recognition, computer vision, natural language processing, computational biology, neural networks, control systems, reinforcement learning, or anything related (even if vaguely) with machine learning.

The seminars last for about one hour (including time for discussion and questions) and revolve around the general topic of Machine Learning. The speaker is a volunteer who decides the topic of her presentation. Past seminars have included presentations about state-of-the-art research, surveys and tutorials, practicing a conference talk, presenting a challenging problem and asking for help, and illustrating an interesting application of Machine Learning such as a prototype or finished product.

Presenters can have any background: undergrads, graduate students, academic researchers, company staff, etc. Anyone is welcome both to attend the seminar as well as to present it. Ocasionally we will have invited speakers. See below for a list of all seminars, including the speakers, titles and abstracts.

Note: The seminars are held at lunch-time, and include delicious free food.

Feel free to join our mailing list, where seminar topics are announced beforehand. You may also visit the mailing list webpage. Anyone can attend the seminars; no registration is necessary. If you would like to present something, please send us an email.

The seminars are usually held every other Tuesday, from 1 PM to 2 PM, at the IST campus in Alameda. This sometimes changes due to availability of the speakers, so check regularly!

Tuesday, December 9th 2014, 13h00 - 14h00

Miguel Simões (IT)

Hyperspectral image superresolution: An edge-preserving convex formulation

Anfiteatro do Complexo Interdisciplinar

Instituto Superior Técnico - Alameda


Hyperspectral remote sensing images (HSIs) are characterized by having a low spatial resolution and a high spectral resolution, whereas multispectral images (MSIs) are characterized by low spectral and high spatial resolutions. These complementary characteristics have stimulated active research in the inference of images with high spatial and spectral resolutions from HSI-MSI pairs.

We formulate this data fusion problem as the minimization of a convex objective function containing two data-fitting terms and an edge-preserving regularizer. The data-fitting terms are quadratic and account for blur, different spatial resolutions, and additive noise; the regularizer, a form of vector Total Variation, promotes aligned discontinuities across the reconstructed hyperspectral bands.

The optimization described above is rather hard, owing to its non-diagonalizable linear operators, to the non-quadratic and non-smooth nature of the regularizer, and to the very large size of the image to be inferred. We tackle these difficulties by tailoring the Split Augmented Lagrangian Shrinkage Algorithm (SALSA)—an instance of the Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers (ADMM)—to this optimization problem. By using a convenient variable splitting and by exploiting the fact that HSIs generally "live" in a low-dimensional subspace, we obtain an effective algorithm that yields state-of-the-art results, as illustrated by experiments.


Bio: Miguel Simões was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1987. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, in 2010. He is currently working toward the joint Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering, and signal and image processing at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, and at the Grenoble Images Parole Signal Automatique (GIPSA-lab), University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France, respectively.

Previously, he has worked as an Information Technology (IT) consultant in the field of telecommunications. His main areas of research interest are image processing, optimization, and remote sensing.