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Non-intrusive load monitoring (a.k.a. power disaggregation) refers to identifying and extracting the consumption patterns of individual appliances from the mains which records the whole-house energy consumption. Recently, deep learning has been shown to be a promising method to solve this problem and many approaches based on it have been proposed.


While there is now a significant literature on sparse inverse covariance estimation, all that literature, with only a couple of exceptions, has dealt only with univariate (or scalar) net- works where each node carries a univariate signal. However in many, perhaps most, applications, each node may carry multivariate signals representing multi-attribute data, possibly of different dimensions. Modelling such multivariate (or vector) networks requires fitting block-sparse inverse covariance matrices. Here we achieve maximal block sparsity by maximizing a block-l0-sparse penalized likelihood.


Time-series clustering involves grouping homogeneous time series together based on certain similarity measures. The mixture AR model (MxAR) has already been developed for time series clustering, as has an associated EM algorithm. How- ever, this EM clustering algorithm fails to perform satisfactorily in large-scale applications due to its high computational complexity. This paper proposes a new algorithm, k-ARs, which is a limiting version of the existing EM algorithm.


3D Morphable Model (3DMM) is a statistical tool widely employed in reconstructing 3D face shape. Existing methods are aimed at predicting 3DMM shape parameters with a single encoder but suffer from unclear distinction of different attributes. To address this problem, Two-Pathway Encoder-Decoder Network (2PEDN) is proposed to regress the identity and expression components via global and local pathways. Specifically, each 2D face image is cropped into global face and local details as the inputs for the corresponding pathways.