Advances in MetaDL: AAAI 2021 Challenge and Workshop
AAAI Workshop on Meta-Learning and MetaDL Challenge, PMLR 140:1-16, 2021.
To stimulate advances in meta-learning using deep learning techniques (MetaDL), we organized in 2021 a challenge and an associated workshop. This paper presents the design of the challenge and its results, and summarizes presentations made at the workshop. The challenge focused on few-shot learning classification tasks of small images. Participants’ code submissions were run in a uniform manner, under tight computational constraints. This put pressure on solution designs to use existing architecture backbones and/or pre-trained networks. Winning methods featured various classifiers trained on top of the second last layer of popular CNN backbones, fined-tuned on the meta-training data (not necessarily in an episodic manner), then trained on the labeled support and tested on the unlabeled query sets of the meta-test data.