General Training Session: Geometric deep learning on graphs and manifolds – going beyond Euclidean data

Abstract: In the past years, deep learning methods have achieved unprecedented performance on a broad range of problems in various fields from computer vision to speech recognition. So far research has mainly focused on developing deep learning methods for Euclidean-structured data, while many important applications have to deal with non-Euclidean structured data, such as graphs and manifolds. Such geometric data are becoming increasingly important in computer graphics and 3D vision, sensor networks, drug design, biomedicine, recommendation systems, and web applications. The adoption of deep learning in these fields has been lagging behind until recently, primarily since the non-Euclidean nature of objects dealt with makes the very definition of basic operations used in deep networks rather elusive. The purpose of the proposed tutorial is to introduce the emerging field of geometric deep learning on graphs and manifolds, overview existing solutions and applications for this class of problems, as well as key difficulties and future research directions.

Bio: Michael Bronstein (PhD with distinction 2007, Technion, Israel) is a professor at USI Lugano, Switzerland and Tel Aviv University, Israel. He also serves as a Principal Engineer at Intel Perceptual Computing. During 2017-2018 he is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Michael's main research interest is in theoretical and computational geometric methods for data analysis and machine learning. He has authored a book, over 150 papers, and holds over 20 granted patents. He was awarded three ERC grants, two Google Faculty Research awards (2015, 2017), and Rudolf Diesel fellowship (2017) at TU Munich. He was invited as a Young Scientist to the World Economic Forum, an honor bestowed on forty world’s leading scientists under the age of forty. Michael is a Senior Member of the IEEE, alumnus of the Technion Excellence Program and the Academy of Achievement, ACM Distinguished Speaker, and a member of the Young Academy of Europe. In addition to academic work, Michael is actively involved in commercial technology development and consulting to start-up companies. He was a co-founder and technology executive at Novafora (2005-2009) developing large-scale video analysis methods, and one of the chief technologists at Invision (2009-2012) developing low-cost 3D sensors. Following the multi-million acquisition of Invision by Intel in 2012, Michael has been one of the key developers of the Intel RealSense technology.

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