CS-456 / 6 credits

Teacher: Gerstner Wulfram

Language: English


Summary

Since 2010 approaches in deep learning have revolutionized fields as diverse as computer vision, machine learning, or artificial intelligence. This course gives a systematic introduction into influential models of deep artificial neural networks, with a focus on Reinforcement Learning.

Content

Keywords

Deep learning, artificial neural networks, reinforcement learning, TD learning, SARSA, Actor-Critic Networks

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

CS 433 Machine Learning (or equivalent)

Calculus, Linear Algebra (at the level equivalent to first 2 years of EPFL in STI or IC, such as Computer Science, Physics or Electrical Engineering)

Recommended courses

stochastic processes

optimization

Important concepts to start the course

  • Regularization in machine learning,
  • Training base versus Test base, cross validation.
  • Gradient descent. Stochastic gradient descent.
  • Expectation, Poisson Process, Bernoulli Process.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Apply learning in deep networks to real data
  • Assess / Evaluate performance of learning algorithms
  • Elaborate relations between different mathematical algorithms of learning
  • Judge limitations of algorithms
  • Propose algoriothms and models for learning from experience
  • Apply Reinforcement Learning

Transversal skills

  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Write a scientific or technical report.
  • Manage priorities.

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra lectures and  miniproject.

Ex catherdra: Main ideas presented with slides and calculations presented on the blackboard. Every week the ex cathedra lectures are interrupted for one in-class exercise. The results of this exercise are needed for the second part of the lecture. Additional exercises are given as homework or can be disussed in the second exercise hour. Lectures are also interrupted by several short Quizzes.

Miniproject: The Miniprojects are done in a team of two and selected from a list of two or three miniprojects.

Expected student activities

Work on miniproject

Solve all exercises

Attend all lectures and take notes during lecture, participate in quizzes.

If you cannot attend a lecture, then you must read the recommended book chapters

Assessment methods

Written exam (70 percent) and miniproject (30 percent)

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others

Resources

Bibliography

  • Textbook: Reinforcement Learning by Sutton and Barto (MIT Press). Pdfs of the preprint version  of the book are availble online

Ressources en bibliothèque

Websites

Moodle Link

Videos

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Artificial neural networks/reinforcement learning
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12 CO3   
12-13 CO3   
13-14     
14-15 CO3   
15-16 CO3   
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Tuesday, 11h - 12h: Lecture CO3

Tuesday, 12h - 13h: Exercise, TP CO3

Tuesday, 14h - 15h: Lecture CO3

Tuesday, 15h - 16h: Exercise, TP CO3