Germán Abrevaya, Mahta Ramezanian-Panahi, Jean-Christophe Gagnon-Audet, Irina Rish, Pablo Polosecki, Silvina Ponce Dawson, Guillermo Cecchi, Guillaume Dumas
Publication year: 2023


Scientific Machine Learning (SciML) is a burgeoning field that synergistically combines domain-aware and interpretable models with agnostic machine learning techniques. In this work, we introduce GOKU-UI, an evolution of the SciML generative model GOKU-nets. The GOKU-UI broadens the original model’s spectrum to incorporate other classes of differential equations, such as Stochastic Differential Equations (SDEs), and integrates a distributed, i.e. ubiquitous, inference through attention mechanisms and a novel multiple shooting training strategy in the latent space. These enhancements have led to a significant increase in its performance in both reconstruction and forecast tasks, as demonstrated by our evaluation of simulated and empirical data. Specifically, GOKU-UI outperformed all baseline models on synthetic datasets even with a training set 32-fold smaller, underscoring its remarkable data efficiency. Furthermore, when applied to empirical human brain data, while incorporating stochastic Stuart-Landau oscillators into its dynamical core, it not only surpassed state-of-the-art baseline methods in the reconstruction task, but also demonstrated better prediction of future brain activity up to 12 seconds ahead. By training GOKU-UI on resting-state fMRI data, we encoded whole-brain dynamics into a latent representation, learning an effective low-dimensional dynamical system model that could offer insights into brain functionality and open avenues for practical applications such as mental state or psychiatric condition classification. Ultimately, our research provides further impetus for the field of Scientific Machine Learning, showcasing the potential for advancements when established scientific insights are interwoven with modern machine learning.

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