CS 678 - Advanced Machine Learning and Neural Networks



Winter 2018, TuTh 1:35-2:50pm, 3718 HBLL

Professor: Tony Martinez, 3326 TMCB, x6464, http://axon.cs.byu.edu/~martinez


Office Hours: by appointment


 Course Website: http://axon.cs.byu.edu/~martinez/classes/678/


Goals:  Continuation in the study of the philosophy, utility, and models of machine learning, such that students are able to propose original research with potential follow-up in a graduate research program.  Expand the creativity of the students in all aspects of computing.


Prerequisites:  CS 478 (Introduction to Neural Networks and Machine Learning)


Text:  Papers available from the class website.   Also, we will read a few chapters from Machine Learning by Tom Mitchell.  You are expected to read the assigned literature before and optionally after the scheduled lecture.


Assignments:  We will have two projects during the semester allowing you to build and experiment with some new machine learning models.  There will be a few homeworks.  There will be a midterm and a final.


Grading (~):



Your Model Readings


Model of your choice Project


Deep Learning Project







Grading is on a curve and subjectivity is allowed for attendance, participation, perceived effort, etc.  The mid-term exam will be in the testing center Feb. 21-23 and the final exam will be in class on Monday, April 23 from 2:30pm-5:30pm.


Late assignments:  Assignments are expected on time (hard copy at the beginning of class on the due date).  Late papers will be marked off at 10%/school day late.  However, if you have any unusual circumstances (sick, out of town, unique from what all the other students have, etc.), which you inform me of, then I will not take off late points.  Nothing can be accepted after the last day of class instruction.


Topics (Order is approximate):

      Von Neumann bottleneck/neurobiology primer

      Advanced Backpropagation Concepts

o   On-line vs. Batch

o   Classification Based Learning

o   Other (Higher Order nets, Ontogenic Nets)

      Hopfield Networks

      Boltzmann Machines

      Recurrent Neural Networks (Elman Nets, BPTT, RTRL)

      Deep Learning

      Support Vector Machines (with brief review of Quadric/Higher Order Machines and RBF networks)

      HMMs (with Baum Welch Learning - EM algorithm), with detailed speech recognition as the example platform

      MULTCONS, Hopfield Extensions

      Rule Based Learning (Sequential Covering, CN2)

      Semi-Supervised Learning


Next Group of Topics as Time Allows (Based on Needs):

      Ensembles (Variations, BMC vs BMA, Oracle Learning, etc.)

      Bias: Interesting/computable problems, Bias-Variance Decomposition

      ADIB (Automatic Discovery of Inductive Bias)/Latest lab Research

      Structured Prediction

      Manifold Learning/Non-Linear Dimensionality Reduction

      Record Linkage/Family History Directions


      Feature Selection

      Computational Learning Theory

      Transfer Learning


      Reinforcement Learning

      Other Unsupervised Learning Models


Topics and Readings Schedule:


Model of Your Choice Presentations Schedule:  

Deep Learning Model Presentations Schedule:          

University and Other Items: