Deep Learning For Visual Computing

By Prof. Debdoot Sheet   |   IIT Kharagpur
Deep learning is a genre of machine learning algorithms that attempt to solve tasks by learning abstraction in data following a stratified description paradigm using non-­linear transformation architectures. When put in simple terms, say you want to make the machine recognize Mr. X standing in front of Mt. E on an image;; this task is a stratified or hierarchical recognition task. At the base of the recognition pyramid would be features which can discriminate flats, lines, curves, sharp angles, color;; higher up will be kernels which use this information to discriminate body parts, trees, natural scenery, clouds, etc.;; higher up it will use this knowledge to recognize humans, animals, mountains, etc.;; and higher up it will learn to recognize Mr. X and Mt. E and finally the apex lexical synthesizer module would say that Mr. X is standing in front of Mt. E. Deep learning is all about how you make machines synthesize this hierarchical logic and also learn these representative features and kernels all by itself. It has been used to solve problems like handwritten character recognition, object and product recognition and localization, image captioning, generating synthetic images to self driving cars. This course would provide you insights to theory and coding practice of deep learning for visual computing through curated exercises with Python and PyTorch on current developments.

COURSE LAYOUT

Week 1: Introduction to Visual Computing and Neural Networks
Week 2: Multilayer Perceptron to Deep Neural Networks with Autoencoders
Week 3: Autoencoders for Representation Learning and MLP Initialization
Week 4: Stacked, Sparse, Denoising Autoencoders and Ladder Training
Week 5: Cost functions, Learning Rate Dynamics and Optimization
Week 6: Introduction to Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) and LeNet
Week 7: Convolutional Autoencoders and Deep CNN (AlexNet, VGGNet)
Week 8: Very Deep CNN for Classification (GoogLeNet, ResNet, DenseNet)
Week 9: Computational Complexity and Transfer Learning of a Network
Week 10:Object Localization (RCNN) and Semantic Segmentation
Week 11:Generative Models with Adversarial Learning
Week 12: Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN) for Video Classification

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