ELEC 631 - Advanced Digital Signal Processing: Deep Learning - Spring 2015

This course will explore deep learning, multistage machine learning methods that learn representations of complex data. Over the past several years, thanks for the development of new training rules, massive computing capabilities, and enormous training data sets, deep learning systems have redefined the state-of-the-art in object identification, face recognition, and speech recognition. Examples of modern tools include Facebook's Deep Face and Google's DeepMind.

Topics to be discussed include: Deep learning architectures, training deep learning systems, convolutional neural networks (CNNs), applications.


Richard Baraniuk
Duncan Hall 2028, 713-348-5132, richb@rice.edu
Office hours: by appointment
Xaq Pitkow
Duncan Hall 2046, xaq@rice.edu
Office hours: by appointment
Ankit Patel
Duncan Hall 2050, 7133483293, abp4@rice.edu

Location: GR Brown W211

Time: Friday 1-3:30pm

This is a "reading course", meaning that students will read classic and recent papers and present to the rest of the class in a lively debate format. Students will also get hands on experience with deep learning software and complete a major group project. The course is open to graduate students from any department with some background in statistics or machine learning.

Class grade will be based on:

  • Class participation (15%)
  • Paper presentations (30%)
  • Paper summaries (prepared each week, 15%)
  • Group project (40%)

Weekly Schedule (Tentative)

  • 16 January 2015: Orientation
  • 23 January 2015: Student Paper Presentations Begin
  • Early May 2015: Group Project Presentations

Paper Schedule

  • 23 January 2015: Mousavi, Ali; Nguyen, Minh
  • 30 January 2015: Barberan, CJ; Aghazadeh Mohandesi, Amir Ali
  • 06 February 2015: Kumar, Mayank; Wang, Zichao
  • 13 February 2015: Lan, Shiting (Andrew); Lievense, Jeffey
  • 20 February 2015: Barua, Souptik; Hussain, Siam U.
  • 27 February 2015: Darvish Rouhani, Bita; Chaudhary, Sartaj
  • 13 March 2015: Aghazadeh Mohandesi, Amir Ali; Xu, Yibo
  • 20 March 2015: Vasudeva Raju, Rajkumar; Yang, Dalu
  • 27 March 2015: Patel, Ankit
  • 03 April 2015: Mousavi, Ali; Barberan, CJ
  • 10 April 2015: Zhang, Shizheng; Sikdar, Sourav
  • 17 April 2015: Kumar, Mayank; Mehrpaivor, Behrang
  • 24 April 2015: Lan, Shiting (Andrew); Nguyen, Minh

Discussion Forum

  • The link below will take you to the discussion forum for this class on Piazza. We use Piazza instead of Owlspace.
    Piazza Discussion Forum

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