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Neural Differential Equations, Control and Machine Learning

Next Monday April 26, our Head Enrique Zuazua will be talking about “Neural Differential Equations, Control and Machine Learning” on the webinar by DSAD – Data Science Across Disciplines, a research group within the Institute for the Future of Knowledge (IFK) at University of Johannesburg.

The seminar will focus on Neural Ordinary Differential Equations (NODEs) from a control theoretical perspective to address some of the main challenges in Machine Learning and, in particular, data classification and Universal Approximation. More precisely, we adopt the perspective of the simultaneous control of systems of NODEs. We present a genuinely nonlinear and constructive method that allows an estimation of the complexity of the control strategies we develop. The very nonlinear nature of the activation functions governing the nonlinear dynamics of NODEs under consideration plays a key role. It allows deforming half of the phase space while the other half remains invariant, a property that classical models in mechanics do not fulfil. This very property allows building elementary controls inducing specific dynamics and transformations whose concatenation, along with properly chosen hyperplanes, allows achieving our goals in finitely many steps. We also present the counterparts in the control of neural transport equations, establishing a link between optimal transport and deep neural networks.

The seminar is based on work done by the speaker, Enrique Zuazua and Domènec Ruiz-Balet:
Neural ODE Control for Classification, Approximation and Transport

Monday April 16, 2021 at 12:30H (UTC + 2)

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Mon 26th Apr 2021


12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mon 26th Apr 2021
  • Time: 6:30 am - 8:00 am

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University of Johannesburg
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  • Enrique Zuazua
    Enrique Zuazua
    Alexander von Humboldt Professorship | Head of the Chair of Computational Mathematics | Professor of Applied Mathematics

    Enrique Zuazua (Eibar, Basque Country – Spain, 1961) holds an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at the Friedrich–Alexander University (FAU), Erlangen (Germany). He is also the Director of the Chair of Computational Mathematics at Deusto Foundation, Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao, Basque Country-Spain) where he leads the research team funded by the ERC Advanced Grant DyCoN project. He is also a Professor of Applied Mathematics since 2001 at the Department of Mathematics of the Autonomous University of Madrid where he holds a Strategic Chair.
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