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Deep learning with Python

This is an introductory course to deep learning where you will learn how to train high-dimensional non-linear models, represented by deep artificial neural networks (ANN), using few lines of Python code.


Teaching time:



Information and communications technology

Form of learning:



Aalto University, FITech




2 By Aalto University (ECTS)


€ 0.00

Application period:

1.6.2023 – 15.10.2023

Target group and prerequisites

High-school math (functions, derivatives, vectors). Basic Python programming (variables, functions, loops). The course Machine Learning with Python.

Course description

This course is an introduction to deep learning.

Deep learning is an umbrella term for methods using deep nets, i.e., ANNs that consist of several consecutive layers of artificial neurons. The course gives you a brief overview of gradient descent which is the most widely used algorithm for tuning the weights of deep nets. You will learn some powerful tricks that allow tuning billions of ANN weights using only hundreds of training examples. Some of the most successful deep learning methods are enabled by few clever regularisation techniques, such as data augmentation and transfer learning, to avoid overfitting.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing the course, the student

  • understands how ANNs can be used for learning and evaluating high-dimensional non-linear models.
  • understands the basic principle of gradient descent.
  • is able to build and train ANNs using the Python package Keras.
  • is able to diagnose the learning process by comparing training with validation loss.
  • is able to use data augmentation to synthetically enlarge the training set.
  • is able to implement transfer learning by fine-tuning a pre-trained deep net.

Completion methods

The grading is based on Python coding assignments.

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