Theoretical Physics: Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning
Course · 7.5 credits
Deep learning and artificial neural networks have in recent years become very popular and led to impressive results for difficult computer science problems such as classifying objects in images, speech recognition and playing Go. This course gives an introduction to artificial neural networks and deep learning, both theoretical and practical knowledge.
Recent development in machine learning have led to a surge of interest in artificial neural networks (ANN). New efficient algorithms and increasingly powerful hardware has made it possible to create very complex and high-performing ANNs. The process of training such complex networks has become known as deep learning and the complex networks are typically called deep neural networks. A possibility that arises in such networks is to feed them with unprocessed or almost unprocessed input information and let the algorithms automatically combine the inputs into feature-like aggregates as part of their inherent structure. This is now known under the name feature learning or representation learning
The overall aim of the course is to give students a basic knowledge of artificial neural networks and deep learning, both theoretical knowledge and how to practically use them for typical problems in machine learning and data mining. The course covers the most common models in artificial neural networks with a focus on the multi-layer perceptron. The course contains two computer exercises where the student will train and evaluate different ANN models.
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Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics
Sölvegatan 27 (Astro), Sölvegatan 14 A (TF), 223 62 Lund
Box 43, 221 00 Lund
+46 46 222 73 00
nils [dot] ryde [at] astro [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
The prerequisites for admission to the course are: English 6/English Course B and knowledge equivalent to 90 credits in Science out of which at least 45 credits is in Mathematics.
Seats are allocated according to: Previous college/university studies (APAV): 100 %.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 18 125
First payment: SEK 18 125
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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
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If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
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Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
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Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
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