Anima Anandkumar, Ph.D.Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, California Institute of Technology
IEEE, Microsoft and Sloan Fellow
Director of Machine Learning Research, Nvidia
Simons Foundation Presidential Lectures are free public colloquia centered on four main themes: Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Neuroscience and Autism Science. These curated, high-level scientific talks feature leading scientists and mathematicians and are intended to foster discourse and drive discovery among the broader NYC-area research community. We invite researchers in the area — as well as interested members of the metropolitan public — to join us for this weekly lecture series.
Artificial intelligence holds immense promise in enabling scientific breakthroughs and discoveries in diverse areas. However, in most scenarios, this is not a standard supervised learning framework. AI4science often requires zero-shot generalization to entirely new scenarios not seen during training. For instance, drug discovery requires predicting properties of new molecules that can vastly differ from training data. Similarly, AI-based partial differential equation (PDE) solvers require solving any instance of the PDE family. Such zero-shot generalization requires infusing domain knowledge and structure. In this talk, Anima Anandkumar will present recent success stories in using AI to obtain 1000x speedups in solving PDEs and quantum chemistry calculations.