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Invited Talk
Workshop: Machine Learning with New Compute Paradigms

Training physical systems with Equilibrium Propagation

Julie Grollier

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Sat 16 Dec 8:45 a.m. PST — 9:05 a.m. PST


The algorithm of Equilibrium Propagation (EP) 1 is highly interesting for training physical systems as it extracts backprop-equivalent gradients directly from their convergence to a steady state 2,3. In my talk, I will show that it is an excellent starting point for building and training physical systems to perform classification tasks. I will first describe how we have used EP to train the hardware D-Wave Ising machine in a supervised way to recognize handwritten digits 4. I will then show that EP can unlock self-learning in spiking neural networks 5. Finally, I will explain how we can extend EP to unsupervised learning.

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