Call for Abstracts and Participation

Recent breakthroughs in our community have relied on the availability of large representative datasets for training. However, the implicit assumption imposed in the majority of our today’s techniques is a static closed world, i.e., non-varying distributions for a fixed set of categories and tasks. Intuitively, these assumptions rarely hold in many application areas such as concept detection in biomedical image analysis, explorative data-driven science, scene parsing for autonomous driving, or household robotics. Instead, the set of semantic concepts and relevant tasks is dynamically changing - even on a daily basis. The assumption of a closed and static world is therefore one of the major obstacles when building intelligent systems that learn continuously, adaptively, and actively.

In general, this workshop tries to bridge one of the gaps between computer vision research and AI goals by focusing on different aspects of continuous and open-set learning. In consequence, the following topics will be central to the workshop:

  • Dealing with partially unknown, open, or dynamically increasing label spaces (probabilistic models, possibility for rejection, novelty detection, etc.)
  • Continuous, online, and incremental learning (at level of instances, classes, common-sense knowledge, and representations)
  • Active acquisition and annotation of new data with humans in the loop (curriculum learning, active learning, etc.)
  • Transfer learning and domain adaptation in continuous and open-set learning scenarios
  • Active data discovery in explorative data science and large-scale microscopy data
  • Benchmarking success in continuous and open-set learning scenarios

We invite abstract submissions of 1-page in general following the CVPR17 format.
Submission site:
Deadline: 31st of May 2017

The abstract will not appear in any proceedings and if accepted only appear online on this page (if authors like). Our workshop is not meant as a publication venue, but rather a real meeting, where you learn about people interested in the same area and find the next cooperation partners for your future project.

Accepted abstracts will be presented in a quick 5min talk and a poster. We also welcome submissions of industrial partners interested in the topic and willing to present their application area. Furthermore, if you want to present your next proposal idea and you are looking for cooperation partners, you are also very much invited to submit an abstract.

Keynote Speakers

  • Vittorio Ferrari (University of Edinburgh, Google Zurich)
    Vitto is a Professor at the School of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh leading the CALVIN research group and currently also building a research group at Google Research Zurich. He received his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2004 and was a post-doctoral researcher at INRIA Grenoble in 2006-2007 and at the University of Oxford in 2007-2008. Between 2008 and 2012 he was Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich, funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship grant. He received the prestigious ERC Starting Grant, and the best paper award from the European Conference in Computer Vision, both in 2012. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and will be a Program Chair at ECCV 2018.
  • Trevor Darrell (University of California, Berkeley)
    Trevor is on the faculty of the CS Division of the EECS Department at UC Berkeley. He leads Berkeley’s DeepDrive Industrial Consortia, is co-Director of the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) lab, and is Faculty Director of PATH at UC Berkeley. Trevor’s group develops algorithms for large-scale perceptual learning, including object and activity recognition and detection. Trevor was on the faculty of the MIT EECS department from 1999-2008, where he directed the Vision Interface Group. He was a member of the research staff at Interval Research Corporation from 1996-1999, and received the S.M., and PhD. degrees from MIT in 1992 and 1996, respectively.
  • Abstract: Learning of layered or "deep" representations has provided significant advances in computer vision in recent years, but has traditionally been limited to fully supervised settings with very large amounts of training data. New results in adversarial adaptive representation learning show how such methods can also excel when learning in sparse/weakly labeled settings across modalities and domains. I'll also describe recent results on learning representations in a reinforcement learning setting, incorporating self-supervision losses and curiosity driven exploration into traditional reward-based optimization. As time permits, I'll present recent long-term recurrent network models that learn cross-modal description and explanation, visuomotor robotic policies that adapt to new domains, and deep autonomous driving policies that can be learned from heterogeneous large-scale dashcam video datasets.
  • Raia Hadsell (Google DeepMind, London)
    Raia Hadsell, a senior research scientist at Google DeepMind, has worked on deep learning and robotics problems for over 10 years. Her thesis on Vision for Mobile Robots won the Best Dissertation award from New York University, and was followed by a post-doc at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Raia then worked as a senior scientist and tech manager at SRI International. Raia joined DeepMind in 2014, where she leads a research team studying robot navigation and lifelong learning.


08:30am - 08:40am
Welcome and Introduction
08:40am - 09:20am
Invited Talk of Raia Hadsell
09:20am - 10:00am
Trevor Darrell "Adaptive Representation Learning for Perception, Action, and Explanation"
10:00am - 10:30am
Refreshment Break with Poster Session
10:30am - 11:10am
Research Teaser Talks Session 1
11:10am - 11:50am
Invited Talk of Vittorio Ferrari
12:00am - 02:00pm
Lunch Break
02:00pm - 02:40pm
Research Teaser Talks Session 2
02:40pm - 03:30pm
Invited Talk
03:30pm - 04:00pm
Refreshment Break with Poster Session
04:00pm - 05:00pm
Panel Discussion
Concluding Remarks