Boris Hanin
About Me
I am an Assistant Professor at Princeton ORFE working on deep learning, probability, and spectral asymptotics. Prior to Princeton, I was an Assistant Professor in Mathematics at Texas A&M, an NSF Postdoc at MIT Math, and a PhD student in Math at Northwestern, where I was supervised by Steve Zelditch.
Funding: I am grateful to be supported by an NSF CAREER grant DMS-2143754 and NSF grants DMS-1855684, DMS-2133806. I am also a consultant for an ONR MURI on Foundations of Deep Learning. See my CV for more information.
Email: bhanin ‘at’ princeton.edu
News
- I am currently looking for grad students and postdocs. If you are a student at Princeton looking to work on deep learning theory, feel free to reach out (see also this somewhat tongue-in-cheek writeup).
- Together with Jacob Foster (Sociology, UCLA), Jessica Flack (Collective Computation Group, Santa Fe Institute), Josh Tenenbaum (Brain and Cognitive Science, MIT), Max Kleiman-Weiner (Common Sense Machines), Orit Peleg (Computer Science, Colorado), Patrick Shafto (Rutgers/IAS, Mathematics), Pranab Das (Physics, Elon), Tom Griffiths (AI & Cognitive Science, Princeton) I am organizing a semester-long program at IPAM in Fall 2024 on the Mathematics of Intelligences. This program will bring together researchers working on learning in both biological and artifical settings with the goal of identifying and making progress on mathemcial questions related to learning and intelligence. If you are interested in potentially participating, let me know.
- I am speaking at program on statistical physics and machine learning in beautiful Cargese, Corsica July 31 - August 12. Apply here.
- I will be a plenary speaker at the 2023 IAIFI Summer Workshop on Theoretical Physics and ML in August 2023. This workshop will immediately follow the 2023 IAIFI Summer School (applications should be open soon here).
- I am organizing the 2023 Princeton Deep Learning Theory Summer School.
- I am giving a mini-course on wide neural networks at the Rome Center on Mathematics for Modeling and Data Sciences. Here are some notes.
Research Group
Deep Learning and Random Matrix Theory
- Bayesian Interpolation with Deep Linear Networks, with A. Zlokapa ArXiv
- Maximal Initial Learning Rates in Deep ReLU Networks, with G. Iyer and D. Rolnick ArXiv
- Deep Architecture Connectivity Matters for Its Convergence: A Fine-Grained Analysis with W. Chen, W. Huang, X. Gong, Z. Wang, NeurIPS 2022 ArXiv
- Random Fully Connected Neural Networks as Perturbatively Solvable Hierarchies (2022) ArXiv
- Ridgeless Interpolation with Shallow ReLU Networks in 1D is Nearest Neighbor Curvature Extrapolation and Provably Generalizes on Lipschitz Functions (2021) ArXiv
- Random Neural Networks in the Infinite Width Limit as Gaussian Processes, Annals of Applied Probability (2023) ArXiv
- Non-asymptotic Results for Singular Values of Gaussian Matrix Products, with G. Paouris. GAFA (2021) ArXiv
- Deep ReLU Networks Preserve Expected Length, with R. Jeong and D. Rolnick, ICLR 2022 ArXiv
- Neural Network Approximation, with R. DeVore and G. Petrova, Acta Numerica (2020) ArXiv
- How Data Augmentation affects Optimization for Linear Regression, with Y. Sun NeurIPS 2021 ArXiv
- Products of Many Large Random Matrices and Gradients in Deep Neural Networks, with M. Nica. Communications in Mathematical Physics (2020) ArXiv
- Finite Depth and Width Corrections to the Neural Tangent Kernel, with M. Nica, Splotlight at ICLR 2020 ArXiv
- Deep ReLU Networks Have Surprisingly Few Activation Patterns, with D. Rolnick, NeurIPS 2019 ArXiv
- Nonlinear Approximation and (Deep) ReLU Networks, with I. Daubechies, R. DeVore, S. Foucart, and G. Petrova. Constructive Approximation (Special Issue on Deep Networks in Approximation Theory) (2019) ArXiv
- Complexity of Linear Regions in Deep Networks, with D. Rolnick, ICML 2019 ArXiv
- How to Start Training: The Effect of Initialization and Architecture, with D. Rolnick. NIPS 2018 ArXiv
- Which Neural Net Architectures Give Rise to Vanishing and Exploding Gradients? NIPS 2018 ArXiv
- Approximating Continuous Functions by ReLU Nets of Minimal Width, with M. Sellke (2017) ArXiv
- Universal Function Approximation by Deep Neural Nets with Bounded Width and ReLU Activations. Mathematics 2019, 7(10), 992 (Special Issue on Computational Mathematics, Algorithms, and Data Processing) ArXiv
Spectral Theory
- Scaling Asymptotics of Spectral Wigner Functions, with S. Zelditch. Journal of Physics A (Special Edition on Claritons and the Asymptotics of Ideas: the Physics of Michael Berry) (2022) ArXiv
- Interface Asymptotics of Wigner-Weyl Distributions for the Harmonic Oscillator, with S. Zelditch. Journal d’Analyse (2022) ArXiv
- Interface Asymptotics of Eigenspace Wigner distributions for the Harmonic Oscillator, with S. Zelditch. Communications in PDE (2020) ArXiv
- Level Spacings and Nodal Sets at Infinity for Radial Perturbations of the Harmonic Oscillator, with T. Beck. International Math Research Notices, 2021. ArXiv
- Local Universality for Zeros and Critical Points of Monochromatic Random Waves, with Y. Canzani. Communication in Mathematical Physics, 2020. ArXiv
- Nodal Sets of Functions with Finite Vanishing Order, with T. Beck and S. Becker-Khan. Calculus of Variations and PDE (2018) ArXiv
- Scaling of Harmonic Oscillator Eigenfunctions and Their Nodal Sets Around the Caustic, with S. Zelditch and P. Zhou. Communications in Mathematical Physics. Vol. 350, no. 3, pp. 1147–1183, 2017. ArXiv
- C^∞ Scaling Asymptotics for the Spectral Function of the Laplacian, with Y. Canzani. The Journal of Geometric Analysis (2018) ArXiv
- Scaling Limit for the Kernel of the Spectral Projector and Remainder Estimates in the Pointwise Weyl Law, with Y. Canzani. Analysis and PDE, Vol. 8 (2015), No. 7, pp. 1707-1731. ArXiv
- High Frequency Eigenfunction Immersions and Supremum Norms of Random Waves, with Y. Canzani. Electronic Research Announcements. MS 22, no. 0, January 2015, pp. 76 - 86. ArXiv
- Nodal Sets of Random Eigenfunctions for the Isotropic Harmonic Oscillator, with S. Zelditch and P. Zhou. International Mathematics Research Notices, Vol. 2015, No. 13, pp. 4813 - 4839. ArXiv
Zeros and Critical Points of Random Polynomials
- The Lemniscate Tree of a Random Polynomial, with M. Epstein and E. Lundberg. Annales Institute Henri Poincare (B), 2018. ArXiv
- Pairing of Zeros and Critical Points for Random Polynomials. Annales de l’Institut Henri Poincare (B) Probabilites et Statistiques. Volume 53, Number 3 (2017), 1498-1511. ArXiv
- Pairing of Zeros and Critical Points for Random Meromorphic Functions on Riemann Surfaces</b>. Mathematics Research Letters, Vol. 22 (2015), No. 1, pp. 111-140. ArXiv
- Correlations and Pairing Between Zeros and Critical Points of Gaussian Random Polynomials. International Math Research Notices (2015), Vol. (2), pp. 381-421. ArXiv
Other
- Contributed research to Principles of Deep Learning Theory, written by D. Roberts and S. Yaida, Cambridge University Press (2021) ArXiv
- An Intriguing Property of the Center of Mass for Points on Quadradtic Curves and Surfaces, with L. Hanin and R. Fisher. Mathematics Maganize, v. 80, No. 5, pp. 353-362, 2007.