I’m a machine learning researcher at Qualcomm and finishing my PhD in Machine Learning at the University of Amsterdam where I work with Max Welling. I received a BSc in CS from Utrecht University and a MSc in AI from the University of Amsterdam (both cum laude). In 2013, I cofounded Scyfer, a company specialized in deep active learning (acquired by Qualcomm in 2017). During summer 2015 I worked on unsupervised learning of equivariant representations with Geoff Hinton at Google DeepMind. During fall 2016 / spring 2017 I spent some time at OpenAI. I received a Google PhD Fellowship and was named one of 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Techreview in 2018. Here is my CV.

My research is focussed on learning of equivariant representations for data-efficient deep learning. Besides improving data-efficiency, “equivariance to symmetry transformations” provides one of the first rational design principles for deep neural networks, and allows them to be more easily interpreted in geometrical terms than ordinary black-box networks.

I’m very excited by the application of these methods to medical image analysis, where data-efficiency is critical. More broadly, I’m fascinated by all things related to human cognition and perception, pure mathematics, and theoretical physics.

twitter: @TacoCohen

Selected Publications

T.S. Cohen, M. Weiler, B. Kicanaoglu, M. Welling, Gauge Equivariant Convolutional Networks and the Icosahedral CNN, Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2019
[ArXiv]

T.S. Cohen, M. Geiger, M. Weiler, A General Theory of Equivariant CNNs on Homogeneous Spaces, NeurIPS 2019
[ArXiv]

M. Winkels, T.S. Cohen, 3D G-CNNs for Pulmonary Nodule Detection. International Conference on Medical Imaging with Deep Learning (MIDL), 2018.
[ArXiv]

T.S. Cohen, M. Geiger, J. Koehler, M. Welling, Spherical CNNsICLR 2018 (Best paper award).
[pdf] [code]

T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Steerable CNNs. International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2017
[pdf]

T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Group Equivariant Convolutional Networks. Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2016
[pdf] [supp. mat.] [code for experiments] [G-Conv code]

All Publications

Y. Yang, G. Sautière, J. Jon Ryu, T.S. Cohen, Feedback Recurrent AutoEncoder
[ArXiv]

A. Habibian, T. van Rozendaal, J. Tomczak, T.S. Cohen, Video Compression with Rate-Distortion Autoencoders, International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019
[ArXiv]

Miranda C.N. Cheng, Vassilis Anagiannis, Maurice Weiler, Pim de Haan, Taco S. Cohen, Max Welling, Covariance in Physics and Convolutional Networks, Theoretical Physics for Deep Learning Workshop @ ICML, 2019
[ArXiv]

T.S. Cohen, M. Weiler, B. Kicanaoglu, M. Welling, Gauge Equivariant Convolutional Networks and the Icosahedral CNN, Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2019
[ArXiv]

T.S. Cohen, M. Geiger, M. Weiler, A General Theory of Equivariant CNNs on Homogeneous Spaces, NeurIPS 2019
[ArXiv]

M. Weiler, W. Boomsma, M. Geiger, M. Welling, T.S. Cohen, 3D Steerable CNNs: Learning Rotationally Equivariant Features in Volumetric Data, Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2018
[ArXiv] [code] [video]

L. Falorsi, P. de Haan, T. R. Davidson, N. De Cao, M. Weiler, P. Forré and T. S. Cohen, Explorations in Homeomorphic Variational Auto-Encoding, ICML Workshop on Theoretical Foundations and Applications of Generative Models, 2018
[ArXiv] [code]

T.S. Cohen, M. Geiger, M. Weiler, Intertwiners between Induced Representations (with applications to the theory of equivariant neural networks), ArXiv preprint 1803.10743, 2018.
[ArXiv]

M. Winkels, T.S. Cohen, Pulmonary Nodule Detection in CT Scans with Equivariant CNNs, Medical Image Analysis, 2018.
[Link]

M. Winkels, T.S. Cohen, 3D G-CNNs for Pulmonary Nodule Detection. International Conference on Medical Imaging with Deep Learning (MIDL), 2018.
[ArXiv]

M. Winkels, T.S. Cohen, 3D Group-Equivariant Neural Networks for Octahedral and Square Prism Symmetry Groups, FAIM/ICML Workshop on Towards learning with limited labels: Equivariance, Invariance, and Beyond, 2018.

B.S. Veeling, J. Linmans, J. Winkens, T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Rotation Equivariant CNNs for Digital Pathology. International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), 2018.
[ArXiv] [PCam repo] [Code]

J. Winkens, J. Linmans, B.S. Veeling, T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Improved Semantic Segmentation for Histopathology using Rotation Equivariant Convolutional Networks. International Conference on Medical Imaging with Deep Learning (MIDL workshop), 2018.
[pdf]

J. Linmans, J. Winkens, B.S. Veeling, T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Sample Efficient Semantic Segmentation using Rotation Equivariant Convolutional Networks, FAIM/ICML Workshop on Towards learning with limited labels: Equivariance, Invariance, and Beyond, 2018.

T.S. Cohen, M. Geiger, J. Koehler, M. Welling, Spherical CNNs. ICLR 2018 (Best paper award).
[pdf] [code]

E. Hoogeboom, J.W.T. Peters, T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, HexaConv. ICLR 2018.
[pdf]

T.S. Cohen, M. Geiger, J. Koehler, M. Welling, Convolutional Networks for Spherical Signals. In Principled Approaches to Deep Learning Workshop ICML 2017.
[ArXiv]

A. Eck, L.M. Zintgraf, E.F.J. de Groot, T.G.J. de Meij, T.S. Cohen, P.H.M. Savelkoul, M. Welling, A.E. Budding, Interpretation of microbiota-based diagnostics by explaining individual classifier decisions, BMC Bioinformatics, 2017.
[pubmed]

T. Matiisen, A. Oliver, T.S. Cohen, J. Schulman, Teacher-Student Curriculum Learning. IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, 2019. (An earlier version was presented at the Deep Reinforcement Learning Symposium, NIPS 2017)
[ArXiv]

T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Steerable CNNs. International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2017
[pdf]

L.M. Zintgraf, T.S. Cohen, T. Adel, M. Welling, Visualizing Deep Neural Network Decisions: Prediction Difference Analysis. International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2017
[pdf]

T. Adel, T.S. Cohen, M. Caan, M. Welling, 3D Scattering Transforms for Disease Classification in Neuroimaging. Neuroimage: clinical, 2017.
[pubmed]

T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Group Equivariant Convolutional Networks. Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2016
[pdf] [supp. mat.] [code for experiments] [G-Conv code]

L.M. Zintgraf, T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, A New Method to Visualize Deep Neural Networks. ArXiv preprint 1603.02518, 2016
[ArXiv]

T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Harmonic Exponential Families on Manifolds. Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2015
[pdf] [supp. mat.]

T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Transformation Properties of Learned Visual Representations. International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2015.
[ArXiv]

T.S. Cohen, M. Welling, Learning the Irreducible Representations of Commutative Lie Groups. Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2014.
[pdf] [supp. mat.]

T.S. Cohen, Learning Transformation Groups and their Invariants. Master’s thesis, University of Amsterdam, 2013. (1st place University of Amsterdam thesis prize 2014)
[pdf]