Keynote speaker

Deep Learning with Spiking Random Neural Networks

Professor Erol Gelenbe

Professor Erol Gelenbe

Imperial College, London
Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics, PAS


Networks in mammalian brains are mainly of a spiking nature so that the manner in which such networks learn are of great philosophical, scientific and engineering interest. Thus several years ago, we developed the first O(n^3) gradient descent learning algorithm for recurrent networks using the spiking and random behaviour of biological neuronal cells. In this presentation we show how dense structures in the brain are exploited in deep learning and how they achieve significantly better performance than standard models. The resentation will be illustrated with practical examples.

Brief biography of the Speaker

Erol Gelenbe is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM. He has introduced computer and network performance models based on diffusion approximations, and invented the Random Neural Network Model, as well as G-Networks which are analytically solvable queueing models that incorporate control functions such as work removal and load balancing. His industrial contributions include the widely used concept and prototype for FLEXSIM, an object oriented discrete event simulation approach for flexible manufacturing systems, the commercially successful QNAP tool for the Performance Evaluation of Computer Systems and Networks, the first voice-packet switch SYCOMORE, the first fibre optics random access network XANTHOS, and the first implemented Cognitive Packet Network and its adaptive routing protocol. In the Journal of the ACM, Erol published the first optimal protocol for random access communications, and an optimum check-pointing scheme for databases. For his work, he received several prizes from France, the UK, USA, and Hungary, including the 2010 IET Oliver Lodge Medal, the 2008 ACM SIGMETRICS Life-Time Achievement Award, and the 1996 Grand Prix France Telecom of the French Academy of Sciences. France awarded him Knight of the Legion of Honour and Officer of the Order of Merit. Italy awarded him Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Commander of Merit. He is a Fellow of the French National Academy of Engineering, the Royal Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters of Belgium, the Science Academies of Hungary and Poland, and the Science Academy of Turkey. He is active in research projects of the European Union, and was awarded Honoris Causa doctorates from the Universities of Liege (Belgium), Roma II (Italy) and Bogazici (Turkey). He has graduated over 74 PhD students including 17 women. His recent papers appear in the Physical Review, the Communications of the ACM, and several IEEE and ACM Transactions.

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