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Monday 28th February 2022 to Friday 4th March 2022


This workshop will feature an introductory lecture series across the week, by Professor Gitta Kutyniok (LMU, Munich) on the mathematics of deep learning. Four accompanying lectures will also be given.

Neural networks were originally introduced in 1943 by McCulloch and Pitts as an approach to develop learning algorithms by mimicking the human brain. The key goal at that time was the introduction of a theory of artificial intelligence. However, the limited amount of data and the lack of high-performance computers made the training of deep neural networks, (networks with many layers), unfeasible.
Today, massive amounts of training data are available complemented by a tremendously increased computing power, allowing for the first time the application of deep learning algorithms. It is for this reason that deep neural networks have recently seen an impressive comeback. Spectacular applications of deep learning are AlphaGo, which for the first time enabled a computer to beat the top world players in the game Go - a game by far more complex than chess-, or the speech recognition systems available on each smartphone these days.

We currently witness how algorithms based on deep neural networks are used in numerous aspects of the public sector such as being used for pre-screening job applications or revolutionising the healthcare industry. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved the marketing of the first medical device for detecting diabetic retinopathy which is based on such methodologies.

Aims and Objectives

The workshop will aim to provide a mathematical foundation of deep learning by an introduction to the main mathematical questions and concepts of deep neural networks and their training within two realms:

  • Theoretical foundations of deep learning independent of a particular application
  • Theoretical analysis of the potential and the limitations of deep learning for mathematical methodologies, in particular, for inverse problems and partial differential equations.

The Programme is currently being developed and will feature 2 lectures each day as well as the opportunity for discussion and networking. A poster session will also take place.

More information about the background and the event can be seen here.


There will be the opportunity to present a poster. If you would like to express an interest in presenting a poster, please indicate this on the registration form and submit a short extract.

Registration and Venue

We are planning to run this as a hybrid event with a limited number of physical places. Please indicate whether you are planning to participate in person or remotely when registering.

A nominal registration fee is charged for attendance:

Student Registration     £25.00 
Other Academics          £50.00 
Industry Participant       £100.00

We aim to offer financial support for early career researchers to attend this meeting. If you would like to be considered for this, please include this in your registration.

To express you interest in registering please follow the link in the left-hand panel.