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Srinadh Bhojanapalli: "Effectiveness of Local Search in Machine Learning"

Event Type
Department of Computer Science
2405 Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science
Feb 20, 2018   10:00 am  
Dr. Srinadh Bhojanapalli, Research Assistant Professor, Toyota Technological Institute
Samantha Smith

Abstract: Many modern machine learning problems are solved using complex over-parametrized models on large datasets and require scalable algorithms with low computation and memory complexity. This often leads to use of non-convex methods which do not necessarily come with computational/ statistical guarantees.    


In this talk, we will explore the role of simple algorithms, such as stochastic gradient descent, in optimizing non-convex functions, and leverage this to design efficient algorithms for a large and important class of machine learning problems: those involving the fitting of low-rank matrices to data. Later we will discuss a surprising role the local search methods play in implicitly regularizing the complexity of the over-parametrized models in problems involving both low rank matrices and deep neural networks.


Bio: Srinadh Bhojanapalli is currently a research assistant professor at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015. He has spent some summers as an intern at Microsoft research and Ebay research labs.


His research is primarily focused on designing algorithms for large scale machine learning problems with rigorous statistical guarantees. He is interested in matrix and tensor factorization, non-convex optimization, neural networks and sublinear time algorithms.

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