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Pixel Club: A Theoretical Analysis of Generalization in Graph Convolutional Neural Networks
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Ron Levie (TU Berlin)
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Tuesday, 07.12.2021, 11:30
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Zoom Lecture: ZOOM LINK
In recent years, the need to accommodate non-Euclidean structures in data science has brought a boom in deep learning methods on graphs, leading to many practical applications with commercial impact. In this talk we will review the mathematical foundations of the generalization capabilities of graph convolutional neuralnetworks (GNNs). We will focus mainly on spectral GNNs, where convolution is defined as element-wise multiplication in the frequency domain of the graph. In machine learningsettings where the dataset consists of signals defined on many different graphs, the trained GNN should generalize to graphs outside the training set. AGNN is called transferable if, whenever two graphs represent the sameunderlying phenomenon, the GNN has similar repercussions on both graphs.Transferability ensures that GNNs generalize if the graphs in the test setrepresent the same phenomena as the graphs in the training set. We will discussthe different approaches to mathematically model the notions of transferability,and derive corresponding transferability error bounds, proving that GNNs havegood generalization capabilities. Bio: Ron Levie received the Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics in 2018, from Tel Aviv University, Israel. During 2018-2020, he was a postdoctoral researcher with the Research Group Applied Functional Analysis, Institute of Mathematics, TU Berlin, Germany. Since 2021 he is a researcher in the Bavarian AI Chair for Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence, Department of Mathematics,LMU Munich, Germany. Since 2021, he is also a consultant at the Huawei projectRadio-Map Assisted Pathloss Prediction, at the Communications and InformationTheory Chair, TU Berlin. He won excellence awards for his MSc and PhD studies,and a Post-Doc Minerva Fellowship. He is a guest editor at Sampling Theory, Signal Processing, and Data Analysis (SaSiDa), and was a conference chair of the Online International Conference on Computational Harmonic Analysis(Online-ICCHA 2021). His current research interests are in theory of deep learning, geometric deep learning, interpretability of deep learning, deep learning in wireless communication, harmonic analysis, wavelet theory, uncertainty principles, continuous frames, and randomized methods.