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Learning-Augmented Algorithms for Sustainable Systems

10 Nov
Friday, 11/10/2023 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Lederle Graduate Research Center, Room A112
Systems Lunch

Abstract: Making use of modern black-box AI tools such as deep reinforcement learning is potentially transformational for sustainable systems such as data centers, electric vehicles, and the electricity grid. However, such machine-learned algorithms typically do not have formal guarantees on their worst-case performance, stability, or safety. So, while their performance may improve upon traditional approaches in “typical” cases, they may perform arbitrarily worse in scenarios where the training examples are not representative due to, e.g., distribution shift. Thus, a challenging open question emerges: Is it possible to provide guarantees that allow black-box AI tools to be used in safety-critical applications? In this talk, I will provide an overview of an emerging area studying learning-augmented algorithms that seeks to answer this question in the affirmative. I will survey recent results in the area and describe applications of these results to the design of sustainable data centers and voltage control in power systems.

Bio: Adam Wierman is a Professor in the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech. He received his Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and has been a faculty at Caltech since 2007. Adam’s research strives to make the networked systems that govern our world sustainable and resilient. He is best known for his work spearheading the design of algorithms for sustainable data centers and is co-author of a recent book on “The Fundamentals of Heavy Tails”. He is a recipient of multiple awards, including the ACM Sigmetrics Rising Star award, the ACM Sigmetrics Test of Time award, the IEEE INFOCOM Test of Time award, the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize, the Caltech IDEA Advocate award, multiple teaching awards, and is a co-author of papers that have received “best paper” awards at a wide variety of conferences across computer science, power engineering, and operations research.

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