Workshop on Control Problems

On Monday October 17, 2022 our Head Prof. Enrique Zuazua will talk on “Control and Machine Learning” at the Workshop on Control Problems from October 17th. to 20th, 2022 at TU Dortmund, Germany.

Abstract. In this lecture we shall present some recent results on the interplay between control and Machine Learning, and more precisely, Supervised Learning and Universal Approximation. We adopt the perspective of the simultaneous or ensemble control of systems of Residual Neural Networks (ResNets). Roughly, each item to be classified corresponds to a different initial datum for the Cauchy problem of the ResNets, leading to an ensemble of solutions to be driven to the corresponding targets, associated to the labels, by means of the same control.

We present a genuinely nonlinear and constructive method, allowing to show that such an ambitious goal can be achieved, estimating the complexity of the control strategies. This property is rarely fulfilled by the classical dynamical systems in Mechanics and the very nonlinear nature of the activation function governing the ResNet dynamics plays a determinant role. It allows deforming half of the phase space while the other half remains invariant, a property that classical models in mechanics do not fulfill. The turnpike property is also analyzed in this context, showing that a suitable choice of the cost functional used to train the ResNet leads to more stable and robust dynamics.

This lecture is inspired in joint work, among others, with Borjan Geshkovski (MIT), Carlos Esteve (Cambridge), Domenec Ruiz-Balet (IC, London) and Dario Pighin (


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The workshop features several aspects of control theory and optimal control, in particular:
• observability and controllability
• optimal control for partial differential equations
• harmonic analysis and uncertainty relations
• semigroup theory
• smoothing effects
• inverse problems
• variational problems

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Mon. Oct 17, 2022


11:00 - 11:45

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