UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Thiago Serra

Today, March 22nd, our Student Chapter organized with pleasure a talk by Dr. Thiago Serra who is a visiting research scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. His presentation was entitled: “Bounding and Counting Linear Regions of Deep Neural Networks”. Dr. Serra presented both theoretical and empirical approaches for investigating the number of linear regions of the function modeled in the framework of a piecewise linear neural network. Numerous useful graphs were included in his presentation, thus allowing for the audience to fully comprehend his work. As a result, a vivid discussion on the content of the presentation was held at the end of his talk.

Prof. Anna Nagurney, our chapter’s advisor, performed the speaker’s introduction and emphasized on the prestigious awards that he has received.

Our chapter’s President, Katerina, referred to our speaker’s academic and research background.

Dr. Serra started his presentation with a slide entitled “The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything” that intrigued all attendees.

Many graphs and figures in the presentation made its content clear, which led to several valuable questions on behalf of the attendees.

The audience showed vivid interest and developed a fruitful discussion with our speaker.

The presentation was followed by the speaker’s interview! The content will be available soon on our YouTube Channel! Don’t forget to subscribe for updates!