University Of Pretoria Computer Science Department

Another Dr in the department

Dr Anna Bosman received her PhD degree in September this year with a thesis titled "Fitness Landscape Analysis of Feed Forward Neural Networks". Neural network training is a highly non-convex optimisation problem with poorly understood properties. Due to the inherent high dimensionality, neural network search spaces cannot be intuitively visualised, thus other means to establish search space properties have to be employed. In her thesis, Dr Anna Bosman applied fitness landscape analysis techniques to gain insight into the nature of the neural network search spaces. A novel gradient-based sampling technique was proposed, together with a novel method to quantify and visualise the modality of neural network error landscapes.
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