This course is an introduction to the highly celebrated area of Neural Networks, popularised as “deep learning” and “AI”. The course will cover the key concepts underlying neural network technology, as well as the unique capabilities of a number of advanced deep learning technologies, including Convolutional Neural Nets for image recognition, recurrent neural nets for time series and text modelling, and new artificial intelligence techniques including Generative Adversarial Networks and Reinforcement Learning. Practical exercises will present these methods in some of the most popular Deep Learning packages available in Python, including Keras and Tensorflow. Trainees are expected to be familiar with the basics of machine learning from the Fundamentals course, as well as the python language.
This course provides a more rigorous, mathematically based view of modern neural networks, their training, applications, strengths and weaknesses, focusing on key architectures such as convolutional nets for image processing and recurrent nets for text and time series. This course will also include use of dedicated hardware such as GPUs and multiple computing nodes on the cloud. There will also be an overview of the most common available platforms for neural computation. Some topics touched in the introduction will be revisited in more thorough detail. Optional advanced topics may include Generative Adversarial Networks, Reinforcement Learning, Transfer Learning and probabilistic neural networks.