Introduction to Deep Learning

Dept. of Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame


Spring 2025- TBA
Location/Time: TBA - TBA

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Description: Deep learning technologies have matured to the point where all system engineers must be aware of their capabilities and limitations. Deep learning has demonstrated spectacular success in computer vision, timeseries forecasting, text/language analysis, and autonomous robots. This course uses the TensorFlow/Keras development framework to provide a hands-on introduction to deep learning. The course topics include
  1. Introduction - learning by example
  2. Generalization - a statistical approach
  3. Linear Models - the perceptron
  4. Deep Sequential Neural Networks
  5. Training Workflows for Deep Learning
  6. Convolutional Models for Computer Vision
  7. Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing
  8. Deep Generative Learning
  9. Deep Reinforcement Learning
  10. Deep Learning and Human Society
Recommended Prerequisites: Familiarity with probability and linear algebra. Prior experience with Python.
Grading: 20% 4 takehome quizzes, 20% 6 notebook assignments, 20% Final Project, 20% Midterm, 20% Final

Textbooks:
  • Dept. of EE, Univ. of Notre Dame, Introduction to Deep Learning, class lecture notes, Spring 2025
  • (RECOMMENDED) Francois Chollet, Deep learning with Python, 2nd edition, Manning, 2021.
  • (RECOMMENDED) Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, Aaron, Courville, Deep Learning MIT Press, 2016.

Instructor: Michael Lemmon, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Fitzpatrick 275C, (lemmon at nd.edu)