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Interpretable Deep Networks for Classification, Generation and Physics

Stéphane Mallat


Approximating high-dimensional functionals with low-dimensional models is a central issue of machine learning, image processing, physics and mathematics. Deep convolutional networks are able to approximate such functionals over a wide range of applications. This talk shows that these computational architectures take advantage of scale separation, symmetries and sparse representations. We introduce simplified architectures which can be analyzed mathematically. Scale separation is performed with wavelets and scale interactions are captured through phase coherence. Pattern structures are captured by sparse coding in dictionaries. We show applications to image classification and generation, as well as regression of quantum molecular energies and modelization of turbulent flows.


Dr. Mallat is known for his fundamental work in wavelet theory, with major impact in signal processing, music synthesis and image segmentation. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering.

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Stéphane Mallat
Applied Mathematician, Collège de France, Paris; Flatiron Institute, New York
105 ECE
3 Dec 2019, 10:30am until 11:30am