Dr. Prasanna Balaprakash

Argonne National Laboratory




1043 ERF


Extracting knowledge from scientific data—produced from observation, experiment, or computation—presents a significant hurdle for scientific discovery. As the Department of Energy (DOE) has moved toward data-driven scientific discovery, machine learning (ML) has became a critical technology in the modeling of complex phenomena in concert with current computational, experimental, and observational approaches. In the past few years, increased availability of massive data sets and growing computational power have led to breakthroughs in many scientific domains. However, development of ML systems for many DOE scientific domains poses several challenges such as data paucity, domain-knowledge integration, and adaptability. In this talk, we will present our work on scientific domain-informed ML approaches that seek to overcome these challenges. We will illustrate these methods using case studies on a wide range of DOE scientific applications. We will conclude with some exciting avenues for future research.

Prasanna Balaprakash is a computer scientist with a joint appointment in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division and the Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory. His research interests span the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, optimization, and high-performance computing. His research focuses on the development of scalable, data-efficient machine learning methods for scientific applications. He is a recipient of U.S. Department of Energy 2018 Early Career Award. Prior to Argonne, he worked as a Chief Technology Officer at Mentis Sprl, a machine learning startup in Brussels, Belgium. He received his PhD from CoDE-IRIDIA (AI Lab), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, where he was a recipient of Marie Curie and F.R.S-FNRS Aspirant fellowships.

Host: Dr. Patrick Lynch and Dr. Kenneth Brezinsky
For more information, please contact Professor Patrick Lynch at ptlynch@uic.edu and Professor Kenneth Brezinsky at kenbrez@uic.edu