Symmetry and Geometry in Neural Representations (NeurReps)

Sophia Sanborn · Christian A Shewmake · Simone Azeglio · Arianna Di Bernardo · Nina Miolane

Room 283 - 285
Abstract Workshop Website
Sat 3 Dec, 6:15 a.m. PST


In recent years, there has been a growing appreciation for the importance of modeling the geometric structure in data — a perspective that has developed in both the geometric deep learning and applied geometry communities. In parallel, an emerging set of findings in neuroscience suggests that group-equivariance and the preservation of geometry and topology may be fundamental principles of neural coding in biology.

This workshop will bring together researchers from geometric deep learning and geometric statistics with theoretical and empirical neuroscientists whose work reveals the elegant implementation of geometric structure in biological neural circuitry. Group theory and geometry were instrumental in unifying models of fundamental forces and elementary particles in 20th-century physics. Likewise, they have the potential to unify our understanding of how neural systems form useful representations of the world.

The goal of this workshop is to unify the emerging paradigm shifts towards structured representations in deep networks and the geometric modeling of neural data — while promoting a solid mathematical foundation in algebra, geometry, and topology.

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