I am a postdoctoral researcher at Empirical Inference Department, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems working with Bernhard Schölkopf. I work in the field of machine learning (intersection of computer science and statistics). My research topics include (but not limited to)

  • Fast (linear runtime) non-parametric statistical tests
  • Kernel-based representation of data
  • Deep generative modelling of images
  • Approximate Bayesian inference
I completed my PhD study at Gatsby Unit, UCL where I worked with Arthur Gretton on various topics related to kernel-based statistical tests and approximate Bayesian inference. Please feel free to contact me for a research discussion.

Contact: Wittawat Jitkrittum (วิทวัส จิตกฤตธรรม) ( )

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Wittawat Jitkrittum
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Max-Planck-Ring 4
72076 Tuebingen
Phone: +49 (0) 7071 601 - 564


14 Oct 2019

:memo: A new preprint titled ABCDP: Approximate Bayesian Computation Meets Differential Privacy. We study the interplay between the ABC similarity threshold $\epsilon_{abc}$ and the privacy loss $\epsilon_{dp}$ in differential privacy. Our results show that increasing $\epsilon_{abc}$ (i.e., fast, inaccurate posterior samples) reduces privacy loss, agreeing with our intuition that inaccurate posterior samples reveal less about the underlying sensitive data.

4 Sep 2019

:bowtie: I am honored to be selected to receive ELLIS PhD Award for my thesis titled “Kernel-Based Distribution Features for Statistical Tests and Bayesian Inference”. I would like to thank Arthur Gretton (my PhD supervisor), everyone I met in my PhD journey, and the selection committee who made this possible.

3 Sep 2019

:v: Two papers accepted to NeurIPS 2019.

1 Sep 2019

:airplane: I will attend DALI 2019 from 3-6 September 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

11 Aug 2019

:two_men_holding_hands: :two_women_holding_hands: The first Machine Learning Research School 2019 has concluded. On behalf of the organizing team, I would like to thank all our valued sponsors, all the speakers, the four organizing partners, members of the organizing team, volunteers, and all the participants. The event was a success because of the joint effort from all the involved parties. Stay tuned for the news on the future iteration of the event. :v:

3 Jul 2019

:memo: A new preprint “A Kernel Stein Test for Comparing Latent Variable Models”. The kernel Stein discrepancy (KSD) test proposed in Liu et al., 2016 and Chwialkowski et al., 2016 allows one to test the goodness of fit an unnormalized differentiable density model. However, when the model is a latent-variable model with an intractable marginal density, the KSD test cannot be applied easily. In our new work, we extend the KSD test to allow goodness-of-fit testing of latent-variable models whose marginal densities may be intractable.

8 Jun 2019

:airplane: I will attend ICML 2019 (9-15 June 2019) and CVPR 2019 (16-20 June 2019). If you would like to meet and discuss research, please feel free to send me a message.

16 May 2019

:green_book: Our paper “Kernel Mean Matching for Content Addressability of GANs” (ICML 2019) is now online on arXiv. The link is here. Code coming soon!

7 May 2019

:bowtie: I am a co-organizer of the first Machine Learning Research School (MLRS) 2019 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-11 August 2019. Application is now open. Deadline: 31 May 2019. All welcome to apply! See also our MLRS facebook page.

22 Apr 2019

Our paper titled “Kernel Mean Matching for Content Addressability of GANs” has been accepted to ICML 2019. This work proposes a procedure which adds “content addressability” to any pre-trained implicit model (including GANs). Given a set of input images, the procedure can generate images (from the chosen implicit model) that are similar to the input images, without retraining the model.

11 Apr 2019

Our short paper titled “Generate Semantically Similar Images with Kernel Mean Matching” has been accepted for oral presentation at Women in Computer Vision Workshop at CVPR 2019. Paper here.

21 Mar 2019

:bowtie: I am a co-organizer of the first Southeast Asia Machine Learning (SEA ML) School to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 8-12 July 2019. Application is now open. Deadline: 20 April 2019. No registration fee for students.

29 Jan 2019

New preprint: Witnessing Adversarial Training in Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Spaces. In this work, we augment GAN’s loss function with a new term that provides more information about what the generator learns during training.

20 Dec 2018

I spoke at the Symposium on frontier research in information science and technology at VISTEC, Thailand. Topic: Recent Advances in Kernel Methods for Model Criticism. Slides.

3 Nov 2018

We have released Python code for “Informative Features for Model Comparison”.

30 Oct 2018

New preprint: Large sample analysis of the median heuristic. In this work, we theoretically study the commonly used median heuristic for setting the bandwidth of a Gaussian kernel.

30 Oct 2018

Our NIPS paper “Informative Features for Model Comparison” is now online on Arxiv. Python code.

7 Sep 2018

Our paper titled “Informative Features for Model Comparison” was accepted to NIPS 2018. Given two samples from two candidate models, and a reference sample (observed data), the goal is to design a statistical test to determine which of the two samples is closer to the reference sample. This has an application for comparing two GAN models.

21 Mar 2018

I was invited to speak at Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Chulalongkorn University. Topic: A Technical Introduction to Kernel Goodness-of-Fit Testing.

16 Mar 2018

I was invited to speak at VISTEC, Wangchan Valley, Rayong, Thailand. Topic: Machine Learning Fundamentals. Event details. Slides.

Last update: 15-Oct-19
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