Aalto University Summer School

Human-Centered Machine Learning

Get to know the essentials of machine learning systems in this practical and innovative bachelor's level Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Program by Aalto University Summer School and the Unite! network.
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Teaching period:


Application period:

1.3.2022 – 15.5.2022

Course format:



2 weeks full-time



Field of study:

Technology and Engineering





Tuition fees:


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Note: The application period for this course is closed, confirmation of acceptance into the programme will be sent by May 23rd. Deadline to confirm participation is May 30th.

The amount of data in the world is increasing exponentially. For the future, we need machine learning models and other algorithms to make use of all the data that is constantly generated. AI and Machine learning are the most powerful tools that organisations are using today to make informed decisions, attract new customers and find new sources of revenue.

Human-Centered Machine Learning is an innovative and hands-on bachelor's level course on the main components and combinations of current machine learning systems. This two-week course will teach you some of the most widely used machine learning (ML) techniques. The focus will be on human-centered applications of ML methods that require high levels of privacy protection and transparency. The course includes lectures that teach basic principles of human-centered ML and its applications (such as elderly care). You will learn to implement privacy-preserving and transparent ML methods by using a few lines of Python during exercise sessions.

During the course, you will learn how to decompose machine learning into three basic components: data, model and loss. The lecture content consists of practical examples of machine learning applications that involve different types of data points such as persons, proteins or days, and how the components can be combined using the principle of empirical risk minimization (ERM). A plethora of machine learning methods is obtained for different design choices in ERM.

You will learn to apply these machine learning methods using a few lines of Python code and to diagnose them using powerful validation techniques.

The course is led by Assistant professor Alex Jung from Aalto University, Professor Cecilo Angulo from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and Assistant professor Luca Vassio from Polytechnic University of Turin. The course will also feature guest lectures by Professor Nitin Sawhney from Aalto University and Professor Kristian Kersting from Technical University Darmstadt.

The course is open for students of all the seven Unite! network universities, including Aalto students (course code is CS-E407507). 

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Unite! – building a European university for the future

Human-Centered Machine Learning is an initiative in collaboration with Aalto University Summer School and Unite!. Unite! is one of the European University Alliances funded by the European Commission. Aalto University is a member of the Unite! alliance together with 6 other high-level European technical universities.

Unite! sets a new model for a European virtual and physical inter-university campus and connects engineering, science and technology with the grand challenges of society in co-creation by students, faculty and staff – providing skills for a new generation of European and global citizens.

Read more about Unite! here.

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Summer at Aalto University

Participating in the course Human-Centered Machine Learning in the summer gives students an excellent opportunity to enjoy Finland at its best. Visitors can enjoy the surrounding nature in full bloom, take advantage of the countless hours of daylight and experience the vibrant Helsinki city life. Summer School organises cultural excursions as a part of the program, and participants are encouraged to take full advantage of the Aalto University Summer School social program as well. 

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