Nicolas Boulanger-Lewandowski

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After a more than decade-long period of relatively little research activity in the area of recurrent neural networks, several new developments will be reviewed here that have allowed substantial progress both in understanding and in technical solutions towards more efficient training of recurrent networks. These advances have been motivated by and related(More)
We investigate the problem of modeling symbolic sequences of polyphonic music in a completely general piano-roll representation. We introduce a probabilistic model based on distribution estimators conditioned on a recurrent neural network that is able to discover temporal dependencies in high-dimensional sequences. Our approach outperforms many traditional(More)
In this paper we present the techniques used for the University of Montréal's team submissions to the 2013 Emotion Recognition in the Wild Challenge. The challenge is to classify the emotions expressed by the primary human subject in short video clips extracted from feature length movies. This involves the analysis of video clips of acted scenes(More)
Theano is a Python library that allows to define, optimize, and evaluate mathematical expressions involving multi-dimensional arrays efficiently. Since its introduction, it has been one of the most used CPU and GPU mathematical compilers - especially in the machine learning community - and has shown steady performance improvements. Theano is being actively(More)
We investigate the problem of transforming an input sequence into a high-dimensional output sequence in order to transcribe polyphonic audio music into symbolic notation. We introduce a probabilistic model based on a recurrent neural network that is able to learn realistic output distributions given the input and we devise an efficient algorithm to search(More)
In this paper, we present an audio chord recognition system based on a recurrent neural network. The audio features are obtained from a deep neural network optimized with a combination of chromagram targets and chord information , and aggregated over different time scales. Contrarily to other existing approaches, our system incorporates acoustic and(More)
The task of the Emotion Recognition in the Wild (EmotiW) Challenge is to assign one of seven emotions to short video clips extracted from Hollywood style movies. The videos depict acted-out emotions under realistic conditions with a large degree of variation in attributes such as pose and illumination, making it worthwhile to explore approaches which(More)
Recent theoretical and empirical work in statistical machine learning has demonstrated the potential of learning algorithms for deep architec-tures, i.e., function classes obtained by composing multiple levels of representation. The hypothesis evaluated here is that intermediate levels of representation, because they can be shared across tasks and examples(More)
In this paper, we present a supervised method to improve the multiple pitch estimation accuracy of the non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) algorithm. The idea is to extend the sparse NMF framework by incorporating pitch information present in time-aligned musical scores in order to extract features that enforce the separability between pitch labels. We(More)
In this paper, we investigate phone sequence modeling with recurrent neural networks in the context of speech recognition. We introduce a hybrid architecture that combines a phonetic model with an arbitrary frame-level acoustic model and we propose efficient algorithms for training, decoding and sequence alignment. We evaluate the advantage of our phonetic(More)