van der Schaar Lab

ICML 2021 tutorial on synthetic data


Mihaela van der Schaar and Ahmed Alaa will deliver a tutorial on synthetic data at the 2021 International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2021), the leading international academic conference in machine learning. Along with NeurIPS and ICLR, ICML is one of the three primary conferences of high impact in machine learning and artificial intelligence research.


Synthetic Healthcare Data Generation and Assessment: Challenges, Methods, and Impact on Machine Learning


In this tutorial we provide an overview of state-of-the-art techniques for synthesizing the two most common types of clinical data; namely tabular (or multidimensional) data and time-series data. In particular we discuss various generative modeling approaches based on generative adversarial networks (GANs) normalizing flows and state-space models for cross-sectional and time-series data demonstrating the use cases of such models in creating synthetic training data for machine learning algorithms and highlighting the comparative strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches. In addition we discuss the issue of evaluating the quality of synthetic data and the performance of generative models; we highlight the challenges associated with evaluating generative models as compared to discriminative predictions and present various metrics that can be used to quantify different aspects of synthetic data quality.

Location and local date/time

This event will take place online on July 19 at 17:00 CEST (16:00 BST).

About the event

The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) is the premier gathering of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning.

ICML is globally renowned for presenting and publishing cutting-edge research on all aspects of machine learning used in closely related areas like artificial intelligence, statistics and data science, as well as important application areas such as machine vision, computational biology, speech recognition, and robotics.

ICML is one of the fastest growing artificial intelligence conferences in the world. Participants at ICML span a wide range of backgrounds, from academic and industrial researchers, to entrepreneurs and engineers, to graduate students and postdocs.

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Jul 19 2021


Note: time is shown in BST
16:00 - 19:00