/ Bastian Rieck: Topology-based graph learning

Bastian Rieck: Topology-based graph learning

January 24, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Abstract: Topological data analysis is starting to establish itself as a powerful and effective framework in machine learning , supporting the analysis of neural networks, but also driving the development of novel algorithms that incorporate topological characteristics. As a problem class, graph representation learning is of particular interest here, since graphs are inherently amenable to a topological description in terms of their connected components and cycles. This talk will provide an overview of how to address graph learning tasks using machine learning techniques, with a specific focus on how to make such techniques ‘topology-aware.’ We will discuss how to learn filtrations for graphs and how to incorporate topological information into modern graph neural networks, resulting in provably more expressive algorithms. This talk aims to be accessible to an audience of TDA enthusiasts; prior knowledge of machine learning is helpful but not required.