ECE 59500 - Introduction to Deep Learning

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Areas of Specialization:

  • Communications, Networking, Signal & Image Processing

Counts as:

  • EE Elective
  • CMPE Special Content Elective

Normally Offered:

Each Fall


On-campus and online


ECE 30200 and MA 26500

Requisites by Topic:

Probability, Linear Algebra

Catalog Description:

This course provides focused training on deep learning algorithms; students will acquire a principled understanding for the various techniques that have a proven successful record in solving important engineering problems. Further, hands-on experimental training will be provided through the course projects.

Required Text(s):


Recommended Text(s):

  1. Deep Learning (available online; link provided in Brightspace) , 1st Edition , Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, and Aaron Courville , MIT Press , 2016 , ISBN No. 0262035618

Learning Outcomes

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated an ability to:

  • Justify the development state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms with a clear historical perspective.
  • Make design choices regarding the construction of deep learning algorithms.
  • Implement, optimize and tune state-of-the-art deep neural network architectures.
  • Identify and address the security aspects of state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms.
  • Examine open research problems in deep learning, and proposed approaches in the literature to tackle them.

Lecture Outline:

Week Lecture Topics
1 Introduction to deep learning; Non-Linearity and Complexity of the Hypothesis Space; Components of a learning Algorithm
2 Gradient-based learning; sigmoidal output units for Bernoulli distributions; Softmax output units for multinoulli distributions
3 Hidden unit activation functions: Rectified linear units (ReLU); Variants of ReLU activation
4 Universal approximation theorem, impact of depth and introduction to back propagation
5 Back Propagation in a Fully Connected Multi-Layer Perceptron; Introduction to Regularization for Deep Learning
6 L2 and L1 regularization for deep learning
7 Norm Penalty vs. Explicit Constraints, Dataset Augmentation, and Noise Injection; Adding Noise to Weights/Outputs, Discriminative and Generative Regularization; Early Stopping
8 Ensemble methods; introduction to dropout
9 Introduction to optimization for training deep models
10 Stochastic gradient descent: Local minima and saddle points, cliffs and flat regions, learning rate, convergence, momentum, Nesterov momentum; Parameter initialization
11 Adaptive Learning Rates, Adam Optimizer, Introduction to Approximate Second Order Methods; Steepest Descent, Conjugate Gradients, BFGS; Quasi-Newton Methods, L-BFGS, Batch Normalization, Polyak Averaging
12 Greedy Supervised Pretraining, FitNets, Curriculum Learning; Introduction to Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN); Pooling, CNN Example
13 Convolution and Pooling as Priors, Variants of Convolutional Layers; Back Propagating Convolutional Layers, Data Types and Variably Sized Inputs; Introduction to Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN)
14 Teacher Forcing, Computing Gradients in RNN, Statistical Dependence Relationships; Bidirectional RNN, Determining the Sequence Length, Deep RNN; Sequence-to-Sequence Architectures, Recursive Networks, Challenges of Long-Term Dependency
15 Echo State Networks (Reservoir Computing), Skip Connections, Leaky Units; Long Short Term Memory (LSTM) Cells, Gradient Propagation Issues in RNN; Neural Networks with Explicit Memory

Assessment Method:

Quizzes, projects, exams. (3/2022)