April 5th - Augusto Peres

Augusto Peres (Inductiva Research Labs)

Equivariant neural networks for recovery of Hadamard matrices


Geometric deep learning is an emerging area of research in machine learning focusing on exploiting symmetries in problems to improve models. Its goal is to understand how transformations to the input should affect the output and design neural networks around the corresponding inductive bias. We present a message passing neural network architecture designed to be equivariant to column and row permutations of a matrix. We illustrate its advantages over traditional architectures like multi-layer perceptrons (MLPs), convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and even Transformers, on the combinatorial optimization task of recovering a set of deleted entries of a Hadamard matrix. We argue that this is a powerful application of the principles of Geometric Deep Learning to fundamental mathematics, and a potential stepping stone toward more insights on the Hadamard conjecture using Machine Learning techniques.


Bio: Augusto Peres is a researcher at Inductiva Research Labs. Currently, his main line of research is centered around machine learning for fundamental mathematics. More specifically, Augusto is focusing on the application of machine learning for solving combinatorial optimization problems. Augusto's other interests revolve around geometric deep learning, reinforcement learning, automata theory and formal methods.