Goldfeld receives NSF award for analysis of deep neural networks

Ziv Goldfeld, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) award from the National Science Foundation for his project titled “New Paradigms in Generalization and Information-Theoretic Analysis of Deep Neural Networks.“
The project will study how information is processed in deep neural networks (DNNs) classifiers to make the decisions of AI mechanisms more transparent to end users and other stakeholders. The main objective is to shed light on the process by which DNNs progressively build representations, from crude and over-redundant representations in shallow layers, to highly-clustered and interpretable ones in deeper layers, and to give the designer more control over that process. Through rigorous performance guarantees, this project also aims to characterize the circumstances under which deep learning system are warranted not to fail. These advances will set the stage for the integration of high-performance AI systems in our daily lives, unlocking their invaluable societal impact.
The grant awards Goldfeld's team $175,000 over the next two years.

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