N. Benjamin Erichson

N. Benjamin Erichson

Assistant Professor

University of Pittsburgh

Biography

I am an Assistant Professor for Data-driven Modeling and Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Pittsburgh, since Sep. 2021. I am also a PI and senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley. Before joining U Pitt, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley, where I worked with Michael Mahoney. I was also part of the RISELab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at UC Berkeley. Before to that, I was a postdoc at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington (UW) working with Nathan Kutz and Steven Brunton. I earned my PhD in Statistics at the University of St Andrews, in Dec. 2017. My MSc in Applied Statistics is also from the University of St Andrews.

I am broadly interested at the intersection of deep learning, dynamical systems, and robustness—how can we build robust and intelligent dynamical systems that are computational efficient and expressive? I am also interested in leveraging tools from randomized numerical linear algebra to build modern algorithms for data-intensive applications such as fluid flows and climate science.

Full list of publications: Google Scholar.

Projects in my lab span the space between development of robust and dynamical systems inspired neural network architectures, efficient training strategies for extracting knowledge from limited data, and data-driven modeling of scientific data.

I am looking for highly motivated and driven PhD students and Postdocs. Drop me an email, if my research interests sparks your interest.

  • Current Students, Postdocs, and Staff:

    • Ruixuan Tang (PhD student at Pitt)
    • Elahe Mehdizade (PhD student at Pitt)
    • Mohammad Ensaf (PhD student at Pitt)
    • Hanxiao Wang (Master student at Pitt)
    • Fengzhe Shi (Master student at LBNL, joint w. Sherry Li)
    • Junyi Guo (Master student at UC Berkeley, joint w. M. Mahoney)
    • Jialin Song (ML Engineer at ICSI, joint w. M. Mahoney)
    • Yinjun Wang (Undergrad researcher at UC Berkeley, joint w. Jim Demmel)
    • Ziang Cao (Undergrad researcher at Pitt)
  • Former students:

    • Francisco Utrera (master student, now Software Engineer in Tech)
    • Vanessa Lin (undergraduate student, now at Google)
    • Akshunna Shaurya Dogra (research intern, now PhD student at UCL)
    • Evan Kravitz (master student, now Software Engineer at Amazon)
    • Qixuan Wu (undergraduate student, now postgrad at LSE)

Email: erichson @ pitt dot edu

Interests

  • Deep Learning
  • Transfer Learning
  • Dimension Reduction
  • Sequence Modeling
  • Dynamical Systems

Education

  • PhD in Statistics, 2017

    University of St Andrews

  • MSc in Applied Statistics, 2013

    University of St Andrewsy

News

Two papers accepted in ICLR 2022 (one as spotlight)

Noisy Feature Mixup (preprint) and Long Expressive Memory for Sequence Modeling (preprint).

I am serveing as Area Chair for ICML'22.

Two papers accepted in NeurIPS 2021

Noisy Recurrent Neural Networks (preprint), and Compressing Deep ODE-Nets using Basis Function Expansions (preprint) which is joint work with Google Research.

Two papers accepted in ICLR 2021

Lipschitz Recurrent Neural Networks (preprint) and Adversarially-Trained Deep Nets Transfer Better (preprint).

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Continuous Networks for Sequential Predictions
Noisy Recurrent Neural Networks
Stabilized Dynamic Autoencoders