Learn to Bind and Grow Neural Structures

Azhar Shaikh, Nishant Sinha

Task-incremental learning involves the challenging problem of learning new tasks continually, without forgetting past knowledge. Many approaches address the problem by expanding the structure of a shared neural network as tasks arrive, but struggle to grow optimally, without losing past knowledge. We present a new framework, Learn to Bind and Grow, which learns a neural architecture for a new task incrementally, either by binding with layers of a similar task or by expanding layers which are more likely to conflict between tasks. Central to our approach is a novel, interpretable, parameterization of the shared, multi-task architecture space, which then enables computing globally optimal architectures using Bayesian optimization. Experiments on continual learning benchmarks show that our framework performs comparably with earlier expansion based approaches and is able to flexibly compute multiple optimal solutions with performance-size trade-offs.

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