CS599 Selected topics in machine learning
Time and Place12:30pm - 1:50pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, KAP 140
Course DescriptionsIn this seminar-style course, we will investigate a few actively researched and emergent topics in statistical machine learning. The style of the course will focus on studying selected papers from the literature and to work on projects. Topics include: structured prediction, (distance) metric learning, manifold learning and other latent variable modeling techniques, transfer learning/multi-task learning/domain adaptation, compressive sensing and etc. Students are also encouraged to bring research problems from other related domains (vision, speech, natural language processing, robotics, computational biology and etc) into the class.
Class FormatThis is a seminar level course, with reading assignment, presenting papers and working on projects.
ProjectsProject is a major part of grading and students are encouraged to think about their projects as early as possible. Working as a group is permitted: i) register first with the instructor.; ii) group size is limited to at most 3; iii) quality and contribution of group projects will be shared and accredited by all group members in equal division.
PresentationsDepending on enrollment, each student presents papers 2-3 times in class. Formal presentation tools (Powerpoint, Keynote and etc) are strongly preferred. There will be a sign-up sheet at the first class (1/13/09).
PrerequisitesCS542 or CS567 or CS573, or any other graduate level classes that provided the foundation of machine learning, or permission by instructor.
TextbooksThere are no required textbooks. Students might find following books useful as general references.
Statement for Students with DisabilitiesAny student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me (or to TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.
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