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Abstract

Modern data analysis presents a variety of challenges, including the size, the dimensionality, the complexity, and the multiple-modality of the data. In an attempt to keep pace with these growing challenges, data scientists combine tools inspired from mathematics, from computer science, and from statistics. This TRIPODS Summer Bootcamp will provide attendees a hands-on introduction to emerging techniques for using topology with machine learning for the purpose of data analysis.

Topological and machine learning techniques potentially play complimentary roles for analyzing data. In topological data analysis, one leverages the fact that the shape of the data often reflects important and interpretable patterns within, although topological techniques alone typically cannot match the predictive power of machine learning. By contrast, machine learning algorithms provide state-of-the-art accuracies on predictive tasks, but the manner by which they arrive at a prediction is often difficult to interpret. Machine learning would benefit if one could use mathematics to provide more interpretability, even in exchange for reduced predictive power. There are by now a variety of ways to combine topology with machine learning, and the diversity of such approaches is growing. The goal of the TRIPODS Summer Bootcamp is to expose attendees to current tools combining topology and machine learning. The bootcamp will focus not only the successes of such algorithms but also on their inherent challenges, in order to inspire the development of novel approaches.

The bootcamp will consist of a hands-on tutorial during days 1-3, and a research conference during days 4-5.

Days 1-3: Introductory tutorial on applied topology and machine learning

The first three days of the bootcamp will include an introductory tutorial on applied topology, on machine learning, and on the marriage between the two. The featured topic from applied topology will be persistent homology, and the featured topic from machine learning will be classical algorithms such as clustering, support vector machines (SVM), and random forests. Finally, featured topics for combining persistent homology with machine learning will include the bottleneck or Wasserstein distances, persistence landscapes, and persistence images. The tutorial will emphasize hands-on coding exercises with real data. Participants will compare the performance and interpretability of standard algorithms on a variety of machine learning tasks, and they will also create and test variants of their own invention.

We will be doing computational exercises to accompany the bootcamp. Please see our tutorial at https://github.com/ICERM-TRIPODS-Top-ML/Top-ML/wiki and our code at https://github.com/ICERM-TRIPODS-Top-ML/Top-ML.

Days 4-5: Research conference on topology and machine learning

The final two days of the bootcamp will feature a research conference on current trends in topology and machine learning. The conference will be targeted at a more expert audience not necessarily present at the preparatory bootcamp tutorials during the first three days.

Confirmed Speakers & Participants

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Workshop Schedule

Monday, August 6, 2018
TimeEventLocationMaterials
8:30 - 8:55am EDTRegistration - ICERM 121 South Main Street, Providence RI 0290310th Floor Collaborative Space 
8:55 - 9:00am EDTWelcome - ICERM Director10th Floor Collaborative Space 
9:00 - 9:50am EDTTutorial- Persistent homology10th Floor Collaborative Space
10:00 - 10:30am EDTCoffee/ Tea Break10th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:20am EDTExercises- Persistent homology10th Floor Collaborative Space 
11:30 - 12:20pm EDTUsing Persistent Homology to Bound the Fréchet Distance - Don Sheehy, University of Connecticut10th Floor Collaborative Space
12:30 - 2:30pm EDTBreak for Lunch/ Free Time  
2:30 - 3:20pm EDTTutorial- Machine learning10th Floor Collaborative Space
3:30 - 4:00pm EDTCoffee/ Tea Break10th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:00 - 4:50pm EDTExercises- Machine learning10th Floor Collaborative Space 
5:00 - 6:30pm EDTWelcome Reception11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
TimeEventLocationMaterials
9:00 - 9:50am EDTTutorial- Topological feature vectors10th Floor Collaborative Space
10:00 - 10:30am EDTCoffee/ Tea Break10th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:20am EDTExercises- Topological feature vectors10th Floor Collaborative Space 
11:30 - 12:20pm EDTPersistence Images- Machine Learning on the Shape of Data - Tegan Emerson, Naval Research Laboratory10th Floor Collaborative Space
12:30 - 2:30pm EDTBreak for Lunch/ Free Time  
2:30 - 3:20pm EDTTutorial- Topological feature vectors10th Floor Collaborative Space
3:30 - 4:00pm EDTCoffee/ Tea Break10th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:00 - 4:50pm EDTExercises- Topological feature vectors10th Floor Collaborative Space 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
TimeEventLocationMaterials
9:00 - 9:50am EDTVignettes- Machine learning and topology10th Floor Collaborative Space
10:00 - 10:30am EDTCoffee/ Tea Break10th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:20am EDTExercises- Machine learning and topology10th Floor Collaborative Space
11:30 - 12:20pm EDTHierarchical clustering and persistent homology methods for asymmetric networks - Samir Chowdhury, The Ohio State University10th Floor Collaborative Space
12:30 - 12:40pm EDTGroup Photo10th Floor  
12:40 - 2:30pm EDTBreak for Lunch/ Free Time  
2:30 - 3:20pm EDTVignettes- Machine learning and topology10th Floor Collaborative Space
3:30 - 4:00pm EDTCoffee/ Tea Break10th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:00 - 4:50pm EDTExercises- Machine learning and topology10th Floor Collaborative Space
Thursday, August 9, 2018
TimeEventLocationMaterials
9:00 - 9:50am EDTTBA - Anthea Monod, Columbia University10th Floor Collaborative Space
10:00 - 10:30am EDTCoffee/ Tea Break10th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:20am EDTTopological Perspectives On Stratification Learning - Bei Wang, University of Utah10th Floor Collaborative Space
11:30 - 12:20pm EDTAn interpolation perspective on modern machine learning - Mikhail Belkin, The Ohio State University10th Floor Collaborative Space
12:30 - 2:30pm EDTBreak for Lunch/ Free Time  
2:30 - 3:20pm EDTPersistent Homology and Ballistic Deposition - Dave Damiano, College of the Holy Cross10th Floor Collaborative Space
3:45 - 5:00pm EDTPoster Session and Coffee/ Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Friday, August 10, 2018
TimeEventLocationMaterials
9:00 - 9:50am EDTA gaussian type kernel for persistence diagrams - Mathieu Carriere, INRIA10th Floor Collaborative Space
10:00 - 10:30am EDTCoffee/ Tea Break10th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:20am EDTPersistence Images and CROCKER Plots as Topological Feature Vectors - Lori Ziegelmeier, Macalester College10th Floor Collaborative Space
11:30 - 12:20pm EDTTDA-Inspired Song Comparison - Katherine Kinnaird, Smith College10th Floor Collaborative Space 
12:30 - 2:30pm EDTBreak for Lunch/ Free Time  
2:30 - 3:20pm EDTDiscussion10th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:30 - 4:00pm EDTCoffee/ Tea Break10th Floor Collaborative Space