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Blue Waters New Frontiers Initiative: Webinar with ECE Prof. Lav Varshney

Event Type
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at Illinois
wifi event
Oct 26, 2021   10:00 - 11:00 am  
Illinois ECE Prof. Lav Varshney
Originating Calendar
ECE ILLINOIS Alumni Events

Our Blue Waters New Frontiers Initiative offers free webinars and training sessions this fall to help partners learn about the range of research, software development, and workforce development activities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Upcoming Dates & Featured ILLINOIS speakers:
🔸 September 14, Scott Althaus
🔹 September 28, Melkior Ornik
🔸 October 12, Ramez Hajj
🔹 October 26, Illinois ECE Professor, Lav Varshney
🔸 December 7, Svetlana Lazebnik

Information Lattices for Interpretable Knowledge Discovery and Nearest-Neighbor Classification
Please be sure to register for the webinar.

by Lav R Varshney, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois

We discuss a novel, human-interpretable machine learning technique for knowledge discovery and nearest-neighbor classification. This non-neural network technique is called information lattice learning, and draws on mathematical techniques from information theory and group theory. We show how it achieves state-of-the-art performance in image classification in the regime of limited training data per class, and also how it can applied to geospatial data.

Lav R. Varshney is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where his research interests include information theory, artificial intelligence, network science, and their applications, as well as AI ethics. He has further affiliations in computer science, neuroscience, industrial engineering, digital agriculture, and personalized nutrition, and with the Discovery Partners Institute of the University of Illinois System. He is chief scientist for AI for the IBM-ILLINOIS Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research, as well as chief scientist for Ensaras, Inc., a startup company working at the intersection of wastewater treatment and AI. His research is supported by numerous governmental, industrial, and philanthropic sources.


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