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Introduction to Deep Learning - ICME Summer Workshops 2020

August 20, 2020 -
9:00am to 4:45pm

* Due to COVID-19, this year workshops will be offered online only

ICME offers a variety of summer workshops to students, ICME partners, and the wider community. This year's series of day-long workshops is happening from August 17-22, 2020, as detailed below. All workshops are from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm (made of several sessions separated by time for breaks).These are full-day workshops - you can register for one workshop per day only.Please check our website for updated course descriptions and instructor bios, and soon registration dates.  

Introduction to Deep Learning

Deep Learning is a rapidly expanding field with new applications found every day. In this workshop we will cover the fundamentals of deep learning for the beginner. We will introduce the math behind training deep learning models: the backpropagation algorithm. Building conceptual understanding of the fundamentals of deep learning will be the focus of the first part of the workshop. We will then cover some of the popular architectures used in deep learning, such as Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs), LSTMs, autoencoders and GANs. There will be a hands-on computing tutorial using Jupyter notebooks to build a basic image classification model via transfer learning. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a firm understanding of the basic terminology and jargon of deep learning and will be prepared to dive into the plethora of online resources and literature available for each specific application area.

Prerequisites: Familiarity of basic concepts from linear algebra, such as vectors and matrices, as well as calculus concepts, such as differentiation. Familiarity with the python programming language and an ability to use Jupyter notebooks will be helpful for the hands-on sessions.

About the Instructor: Sherrie Wang is a PhD student at ICME, advised by Professor David Lobell at the Center on Food Security and the Environment. She works on developing machine learning methods for remote sensing applications, especially in settings where ground truth labels are scarce. These methods are then applied to problems in sustainable agriculture and development, such as mapping where crops are grown in developing countries. 

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Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME)
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