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Percy Liang

Stanford University, USA

CodaLab: A Platform for Efficient Collaborative Research

We are interested in solving two infrastructural problems in data-centric fields such as machine learning: First, an inordinate amount of time is spent on preprocessing datasets, getting other people's code to run, writing evaluation/visualization scripts, with much of this effort duplicated across different research groups.  Second, a only static set of final results are ever published, leaving it up to the reader to guess how the various methods would fare in unreported scenarios.  I will present CodaLab, a new platform which aims to tackle these two problems by creating an online community around sharing and executing immutable components called bundles, thereby streamlining the research process.