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  • PhD Dissertation Defense - Chuizheng Meng

    Thu, Mar 28, 2024 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Committee Members: Yan Liu (Chair), Willie Neiswanger, and Assad A Oberai (external member)
    Title: Trustworthy Spatiotemporal Prediction Models
    Abstract: With the great success of data-driven machine learning methods, concerns with the trustworthiness of machine learning models have been emerging in recent years. From the modeling perspective, the lack of trustworthiness amplifies the effect of insufficient training data. Purely data-driven models without constraints from domain knowledge tend to suffer from over-fitting and losing the generalizability of unseen data. Meanwhile, concerns with data privacy further obstruct the availability of data from more providers. On the application side, the absence of trustworthiness hinders the application of data-driven methods in domains such as spatiotemporal forecasting, which involves data from critical applications including traffic, climate, and energy. My dissertation constructs spatiotemporal prediction models with enhanced trustworthiness from both the model and the data aspects. For model trustworthiness, the dissertation focuses on improving the generalizability of models via the integration of physics knowledge. For data trustworthiness, the proposal proposes a spatiotemporal forecasting model in the federated learning context, where data in a network of nodes is generated locally on each node and remains decentralized. Furthermore, the dissertation amalgamates the trustworthiness from both aspects and combines the generalizability of knowledge-informed models with the privacy preservation of federated learning for spatiotemporal modeling.

    Location: Waite Phillips Hall Of Education (WPH) - B26

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Chuizheng Meng


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