"Put simply, Ruthotto is pioneering a new field — combining applied math, engineering and computer science — that applies the logic of differential equations to refine the chaos of deep learning.
“Focusing on this research question can impact specific areas of deep learning now as well as emerging technology,” says Ruthotto, an assistant professor in mathematics and computer science. “It’s uncharted territory, and my students and I will be at the forefront exploring it.”
The award is recognition of the new knowledge Ruthotto and his students are creating in the emerging field and also a hint of what’s to come, says Vaidy Sunderam, chair of the Department of Math and Computer Science in Emory College of Arts and Sciences.
“This grant establishes Emory as a research and education pioneer in innovative methods for robust deep learning, a key technology in the coming AI decade,” Sunderam says.
Dr. Ruthotto is looking to hire two Emory undergrads to do AI research this summer. They would be funded by his new grant.
"Participants will work with Dr. Lars Ruthotto and will be introduced to new approaches to designing deep neural networks by modeling them as dynamical systems. This interpretation leads to intriguing computational and analytical questions that the students will address under the PI’s supervision."