Fall 2018 CS 498 Introduction to Deep Learning

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This course will provide an elementary hands-on introduction to neural networks and deep learning. Topics covered will include linear classifiers, multi-layer neural networks, back-propagation and stochastic gradient descent, convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks, generative networks, and deep reinforcement learning. Coursework will consist of programming assignments in Python (primarily PyTorch). Those registered for 4 credit hours will have to complete a project.

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30PM-4:45PM, 1310 DCL

Instructor: Svetlana Lazebnik (slazebni -at- illinois.edu)
Office hours: 2-3PM Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3308 Siebel.

TAs: Daniel McKee (dbmckee2 -at- illinois.edu),
Maghav Kumar (mkumar10 -at- illinois.edu)
TA office hours: 3-4:30PM Mondays and Wednesdays, by the whiteboard outside 3407 Siebel.

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Prerequisites: Multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, data structures (CS 225 or equivalent), CS 361 or STAT 400. No previous exposure to machine learning is required.

Recommended textbook: I. Goodfellow, Y. Bengio, and A. Courville, Deep Learning, MIT Press, 2016.

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Schedule (tentative)

Date Topic Readings and assignments
August 28 Introduction: PPTX, PDF  
August 30 Statistical learning, kNN, linear classifiers: PPTX, PDF  
September 4 Linear classifiers part I: PPTX, PDF  
September 6 Linear classifiers part II: PPTX, PDF  
September 11 No class  
September 13 Python/numpy tutorial: ZIP Assignment 1 out
September 18 Linear models review: PPTX, PDF
Multi-class classification: PPTX, PDF
Bias-variance tradeoff, validation: PPTX, PDF
September 20 Multi-layer nets, backpropagation: PPTX, PDF  
September 25 Convolutional networks  
September 27 PyTorch tutorial Assignment 1 due
October 2 Convolutional networks cont.  
October 4 Advanced training (Adam, etc.)  
October 9 Advanced training cont. (Dropout, BatchNorm, etc.)  
October 11 Tutorial II Project proposals due (for 4 credits)
October 16 Detection and segmentation  
October 18 Detection and segmentation cont.
October 23 Detection and segmentation cont.  
October 25 Generative networks  
October 30 Generative networks cont.  
November 1 Visualization  
November 6 Adversarial examples  
November 8 Recurrent networks  
November 13 Recurrent networks cont.  
November 15 Image-text models  
November 27 Deep reinforcement learning  
November 29 Deep RL cont.  
December 4 Deep RL cont.  
December 6 Advanced topics
December 11 Advanced topics  


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