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Axel Flinth

WASP Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, Umeå University

Axel Flinth is a WASP Assistant Professor in Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Umeå University. Dr Flinth was recruited by WASP in 2022.

What is your position/role in WASP?

WASP Assistant Professor at Umeå University.

Why did you choose to join WASP?

Being a WASP researcher is a unique opportunity to work on a fascinating and timely topic under excellent conditions.

What are the benefits you see in WASP?

Very nice conditions for research.

Briefly describe your research topic.

My research concerns equivariant neural networks – networks that by design respect certain symmetries in the data. I am trying to understand what mathematical properties they have. When are they worthwhile to apply? What learning tasks can they solve? In particular, in what ways do they behave differently from their non-equivariant counterparts?

In what way can your research be of importance to our society in the future?

Neural networks have proven to perform extremely well in practice, but there is much we do not understand about why that is. The long-term hope is that my research can contribute to change that.

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