Name: X.Y. Han, Ph.D. Candidate at Cornell University
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 11:00 am
Location: Tech Square Research Building (TSRB) Auditorium (Room 118)
Link: This seminar is an in-person event only. However, the presentation will be recorded and uploaded to https://mediaspace.gatech.edu/ following the event for viewing by Georgia Tech faculty and students.
Title: A Phenomenological Paradigm Accelerating Machine Learning and Optimization
Abstract: Over the last decade, machine learning and optimization have emerged as a dominant concerns in all fields of industrial and academic research with several key venues dominating the league tables for science-wide citation impact. From their interface emerges a research paradigm driven by the identification and modeling of pervasive phenomena discovered in realistic, large-scale experiments. In many cases, it delivers immediate improvements in key analytics algorithms affecting large communities of users; in other cases, it delivers lasting insights about the behavior of such algorithms.
I will describe my own work within this paradigm, which has delivered both real-world solutions as well as intellectual insights: They include the discovery of the now-widely-studied Neural Collapse phenomenon in deep net training, the Survey Descent method for nonsmooth optimization, and collaborations with the Frick Art Reference Library in NYC and the Veolia North America Utilities company.
Bio: X.Y. Han is a Ph.D. Candidate supervised by Adrian S. Lewis at Cornell ORIE; previously, he earned an MS from Stanford Statistics---where he began still-ongoing research mentored by David L. Donoho---and a BSE from Princeton ORFE. He discovered the now-widely-studied Neural Collapse phenomenon in deep neural network training (with V. Papyan and D.L. Donoho) and invented the Survey Descent method for nonsmooth optimization (with A.S. Lewis)—while also maintaining real-world collaborations with the Frick Art Reference Library in NYC, the USC Keck School of Medicine, and the Veolia North America utilities company. Recently, his work on Neural Collapse won the ICLR 2022 Outstanding Paper Award, and his work on Survey Descent was a finalist for the ICCOPT 2022 Best Paper Prize.