Thesis Defense: Jeevana Inala

Friday, September 17
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Title: Neurosymbolic Learning for Robust and Reliable Intelligent Systems


  • Date: Friday, September 17
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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  • Location: Zoom
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Abstract: This thesis shows that looking at intelligent systems through the lens of neurosymbolic models has several benefits over traditional deep learning approaches. Neurosymbolic models are composed of both symbolic programmatic constructs such as loops and conditionals and continuous neural components. The symbolic part makes the model interpretable, generalizable, and robust, while the neural part handles the complexity of the intelligent systems. Concretely, this thesis presents two classes of neurosymbolic models — state-machines and neurosymbolic transformers, and evaluates them on two case studies — reinforcement-learning based autonomous systems and multi-robot systems. In these domains, we showed that the learned neurosymbolic models are human-readable, can be extrapolated to unseen scenarios, and can handle robust objectives in the specification. To efficiently learn these neurosymbolic models, we present new neurosymbolic learning algorithms that leverage the latest techniques from machine learning and program synthesis.


Advisor: Armando Solar-Lezama
Thesis committe members: Josh Tennenbaum and Mike Carbin