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This page is ~chronologically ordered.

Accepted


Are Emergent Abilities of Large Language Models a Mirage? NeurIPS 2023 (Oral).

DecodingTrust: A Comprehensive Assessment of Trustworthiness in GPT Models. NeurIPS 2023 Benchmark Track.

Self-Supervised Learning of Representations for Space Generates Multi-Modular Grid Cells. NeurIPS 2023.

Divergence at the Interpolation Threshold: Identifying, Interpreting & Ablating the Sources of a Deep Learning Puzzle. NeurIPS 2023 Workshops: ATTRIB, Mathematics of Modern Machine Learning.

An Information-Theoretic Understanding of Maximum Manifold Capacity Representations. NeurIPS Workshops: UniReps (Oral), InfoCog (Spotlight), NeurReps, SSL.

Associative Memory Under the Probabilistic Lens: Improved Transformers & Dynamic Memory Creation. NeurIPS 2023 Workshop: Associative Memories & Hopfield Networks.

Testing Assumptions Underlying a Unified Theory for the Origin of Grid Cells. NeurIPS 2023 Workshops: UniReps, NeurReps, AI4Science.

Beyond Expectations: Model-Driven Amplification of Dataset Biases in Data Feedback Loops. NeurIPS 2023 Workshop: Algorithmic Fairness through the Lens of Time.

Emergence of Sparse Representations from Noise. ICML 2023.

Invalid Logic, Equivalent Gains: The Bizarreness of Reasoning in Language Model Prompting. ICML 2023 Workshop: Knowledge and Logical Reasoning in the Era of Data-driven Learning.

Deceptive Alignment Monitoring. ICML 2023 AdvML Workshop (Blue Sky Oral).

FACADE: A Framework for Adversarial Circuit Anomaly Detection and Evaluation. ICML 2023 AdvML Workshop.

No Free Lunch from Deep Learning in Neuroscience: A Case Study through Models of the Entorhinal-Hippocampal Circuit. NeurIPS 2022.

Streaming Inference for Infinite Non-Stationary Clustering. CoLLAs 2022.

Streaming Inference for Infinite Latent Feature Models. ICML 2022.

No Free Lunch from Deep Learning in Neuroscience: A Case Study through Models of the Entorhinal-Hippocampal Circuit. ICML 2022 Workshop: AI for Science.

Streaming Inference for Infinite Non-Stationary Clustering. ICLR 2022 Workshop: Agent Learning in Open Endedness.

An Algorithmic Theory of Metacognition in Minds and Machines. NeurIPS 2021 Workshop: Metacognition in the Age of AI.

Efficient Online Inference for Nonparametric Mixture Models. UAI 2021.

Neural population dynamics for hierarchical inference in mice performing the International Brain Lab task. Society for Neuroscience 2021.

Neural network model of amygdalar memory engram formation and function. COSYNE 2021.

Reverse-engineering recurrent neural network solutions to a hierarchical inference task for mice. NeurIPS 2020.

Under Review


Double Descent Demystified: Identifying, Interpreting & Ablating the Sources of a Deep Learning Puzzle. Under Review at ICLR 2024 Blog Track.

Brain-wide population codes for hierarchical inference in mice. SfN 2024.

Brain-wide representations of prior information in mouse decision-making. bioRxiv 2023.

A Brain-Wide Map of Neural Activity during Complex Behaviour. bioRxiv 2023.

Preprints


Disentangling Fact from Grid Cell Fiction in Trained Deep Path Integrators. Biorxiv 2023.

Pretraining on the Test Set Is All You Need. Arxiv 2023.

In Preparation


An Information-Theoretic Understanding of Maximum Manifold Capacity Representations.

Associative Memory Under the Probabilistic Lens: Improved Transformers & Dynamic Memory Creation.

Testing Assumptions Underlying a Unified Theory for the Origin of Grid Cells.

Class Projects


Towards Unifying Smooth Neural Codes with Adversarially Robust Representations. 2019.

One Day


Memory engrams perform nonparametric non-stationary latent state associative learning.

Recovering low dimensional, interpretable mechanistic models via Representations and Dynamics Distillation (RADD).

Collaboration Requests


If you’re interested in collaborating, email me at rylanschaeffer@gmail.com. I’ve posted a (work-in-progress) summary of my research approach.

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