Seminar, 12. June 2014, Martin Bücker

12. June 2014, 16:00
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 2, seminar room 3423

What automatic differentiation can do for bioinformatics

Prof. Dr. Martin Bücker
(Chair for Computer Architecture and Advanced Computing; FSU Jena)

The term ”automatic differentiation” refers to a set of powerful techniques for evaluating derivatives of functions given in the form of a high-level programming language such as Java, C/C++, or MATLAB. In these techniques, the program is treated as a sequence of elementary statements to which the chain rule of differential calculus is applied mechanically. A key feature of this technique is its ability to generate exact derivatives rather than approximations. This talks gives an introduction to automatic differentiation and aims at initiating collaborations in the field of bioinformatics.