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Maurizio Filippone, EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis, France, ONLINE

Event Date: December 17, 2020 16:15

Bayesian Deep Learning

Abstract - Drawing meaningful conclusions on the way complex real life phenomena work and being able to predict the behavior of systems of interest requires developing accurate and highly interpretable mathematical models whose parameters need to be estimated from observations. In modern applications of data modeling, however, we are often challenged with the lack of such models, and even when these are available they are too computational demanding to be suitable for standard parameter optimization/inference.

Deep learning techniques have become extremely popular to tackle such challenges in an effective way, but they do not offer satisfactory performance in applications where quantification of uncertainty is of primary interest. Bayesian Deep Learning techniques have been proposed to combine the representational power of deep learning techniques with the ability to accurately quantify uncertainty thanks to their probabilistic treatment. While attractive from a theoretical standpoint, the application of Bayesian Deep Learning techniques poses huge computational and statistical challenges that arguably hinder their wide adoption. In this talk, I will present new trends in Bayesian Deep Learning, with particular emphasis on practical and scalable inference techniques and applications.

Short bio - Maurizio Filippone received a Master's degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Genova, Italy, in 2004 and 2008, respectively.
In 2007, he was a Research Scholar with George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. From 2008 to 2011, he was a Research Associate with the University of Sheffield, U.K. (2008-2009), with the University of Glasgow, U.K. (2010), and with University College London, U.K (2011). From 2011 to 2015 he was a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, U.K, and he is currently AXA Chair of Computational Statistics and Associate Professor at EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis, France.
His current research interests include the development of tractable and scalable Bayesian inference techniques for Gaussian processes and Deep/Conv Nets with applications in life and environmental sciences.


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