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Learning with logic and neural networks – Gusta Šourek

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Learning with logic and neural networks - Gusta Šourek

Recently, neural networks have witnessed a remarkable resurgence of interest, yet the current architectures, no matter how deep, still possess many principled limitations. One of them is the limited ability to work with structured input data, for instance, if the inputs have the form of graphs or if they reside in a relational database. Examples of such data are abundant, including databases of organic molecules, social networks, engineering designs etc. Likewise, if symbolic background knowledge is available, e.g. in the form of first-order logic (FOL) theories, there is generally no principled way to use it for training.I will talk about a logical approach to machine learning and more particularly "Lifted Relational Neural Networks" combining FOL and neural nets in a principled way, allowing to train deep networks from arbitrarily structured data, while being able to merge with and exploit symbolic expert knowledge.

Speaker: Gusta Šourek ( (

• 18:00 The talk
• 20:00 - ... Networking

Language: English

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