The PIMS Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar: Shirou Wang (Online)

  • Date: 12/16/2020

Shirou Wang


Bio: Shirou Wang is a PIMS-CANSSI postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta. She obtained her Ph.D from Peking University in 2016. Her research interest lies in dynamical systems, concerning areas such as ergodic theory, random and stochastic dynamics, data-driven computation, and applications to biological, mechanical, and physical systems.




A coupling approach in the computation of geometric ergodicity for stochastic dynamics


This talk introduces a probabilistic approach to numerically compute geometric convergence rates in discrete or continuous stochastic systems. Choosing appropriate coupling mechanisms and combining them together, works well in many settings, especially in high-dimensions. Using this approach, it is observed that the rate of geometric ergodicity of a randomly perturbed system can, to some extent, reveal the degree of chaoticity of the unperturbed system. Potential applications of the coupling method and the visualization of higher dimensional non-convex functions, e.g., the loss functions of neural networks, will be discussed.



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This seminar takes places across multiple timezones: 9:30 AM Pacific/ 10:30 AM Mountain / 11:30 AM Central

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