Astronomy Colloquium for 2021-09-22

Series: Astronomy Colloquium
Date: Wednesday 22-Sep-2021
Time: 16:05-17:00 (4:05-5:00 pm)
Location: ATL 2400
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Ntampaka (STScI)
Title: The Importance of Being Interpretable

Cosmology is entering an era of data-driven science, due in part to modern machine learning techniques that enable powerful new data analysis methods. This is a shift in our scientific approach, and requires us to ask an important question: Can we trust the black box? In this talk, I will describe methods for building trust in machine learning models,focusing on models for interpreting cosmological large scale structure. I will show examples of how machine learning can be used, not just as a tool for getting “better” results and the expense of understanding, but as a partner that can point us toward physical discovery.

Colloquia for the Fall 2020 semester will be held on zoom. Contact Dr. Leslie Sage for details.

Colloquium Organizer: Dr. Leslie Sage


Special accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be made by calling (301) 405-3001. It would be appreciated if we are notified at least one week in advance.


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