Put AI to Work
April 15-18, 2019
New York, NY
Gunnar Carlsson

Gunnar Carlsson
President, Ayasdi


Gunnar Carlsson is a professor of mathematics (emeritus) at Stanford University and cofounder and president at Ayasdi, which is commercializing products based on machine intelligence and topological data analysis. Gunnar has spent his career devoted to the study of topology, the mathematical study of shape. Originally, his work focused on the pure aspects of the field, but in 2000 he began work on the applications of topology to the analysis of large and complex datasets, which led to a number of projects, notably a multi-university initiative funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has taught at the University of Chicago, the University of California, San Diego, Princeton University, and, since 1991, Stanford University, where he has served as the chair of the Mathematics Department. He is also a founder of the ATMCS series of conferences focusing on the applications of topology and a founding editor of the Journal for Applied and Computational Topology. Gunnar is the author of over 100 academic papers and has given numerous addresses to scholarly meetings. He holds a BA in mathematics from Harvard and a PhD in mathematics from Stanford. He is married with three grown children.


9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Models and Methods
Location: Sutton South
Secondary topics:  Deep Learning and Machine Learning tools, Models and Methods
Gunnar Carlsson (Ayasdi)
Gunnar Carlsson explains how to use topological data analysis to describe the functioning and learning of a neural network in a compact and understandable way—resulting in material speedups in performance (training time and accuracy) and enabling data-type customization of neural network architectures to further boost performance and widen the applicability of the method to all datasets. Read more.