NVIDIA DLI Fundamentals of Deep Learning Workshop for staff and industry

Date Wednesday 7 September 2022
Time 9am - 5pm
Where I.1.09
Presenter Albert Bifet and Paul Schlumbom
Contact Renae Dixon
Contact email
Admission Cost Free for registrations with academic email addresses; otherwise $500 fee will be applied
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Businesses worldwide are using artificial intelligence to solve their greatest challenges. Healthcare professionals use AI to enable more accurate, faster diagnoses in patients. Retail businesses use it to offer personalized customer shopping experiences. Automakers use it to make personal vehicles, shared mobility, and delivery services safer and more efficient. Deep learning is a powerful AI approach that uses multi-layered artificial neural networks to deliver state-of-the-art accuracy in tasks such as object detection, speech recognition, and language translation. Using deep learning, computers can learn and recognize patterns from data that are considered too complex or subtle for expert-written software.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how deep learning works through hands-on exercises in computer vision and natural language processing. You’ll train deep learning models from scratch, learning tools and tricks to achieve highly accurate results. You’ll also learn to leverage freely available, state-of-the-art pre-trained models to save time and get your deep learning application up and running quickly.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this workshop, you’ll:
  • Learn the fundamental techniques and tools required to train a deep learning model
  • Gain experience with common deep learning data types and model architectures
  • Enhance datasets through data augmentation to improve model accuracy
  • Leverage transfer learning between models to achieve efficient results with less data and computation
  • Build confidence to take on your own project with a modern deep learning framework

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Workshop Details

Date: Wednesday 7th September 2022

Duration: 8 hours (9am - 5pm)

Venue: University of Waikato - I Block (I.1.09) - and online via Zoom (details will be sent after registering)

Catering: Will be provided

Cost: Free for registrations with academic email addresses; otherwise $500 fee will be applied.

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Prerequisites: An understanding of fundamental programming concepts in Python 3, such as functions, loops, dictionaries, and arrays; familiarity with Pandas data structures; and an understanding of how to compute a regression line.

Suggested materials to satisfy prerequisites: Python Beginner’s Guide.

Technologies: Tensorflow 2 with Keras, Pandas

Assessment Type: Skills-based coding assessments evaluate students’ ability to train a deep learning model to high accuracy.

Certificate: Upon successful completion of the assessment, participants will receive an NVIDIA DLI certificate to recognize their subject matter competency and support professional career growth.

Hardware Requirements: Desktop or laptop computer capable of running the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. Each participant will be provided with dedicated access to a fully configured, GPU-accelerated server in the cloud.

Languages: English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese

Workshop Outline

(15 mins)
  • Meet the instructor.
  • Create an account at
The Mechanics of Deep Learning
(120 mins)
  • Train your first computer vision model to learn the process of training.
  • Introduce convolutional neural networks to improve accuracy of predictions in vision applications.
  • Apply data augmentation to enhance a dataset and improve model generalization.
Break (60 mins)
Pre-trained Models and Recurrent Networks
(120 mins)
  • Integrate a pre-trained image classification model to create an automatic doggy door.
  • Leverage transfer learning to create a personalized doggy door that only lets in your dog.
  • Train a model to autocomplete text based on New York Times headlines.
Break (15 mins)
Final Project: Object Classification
(120 mins)
  • Create and train a model that interprets color images.
  • Build a data generator to make the most out of small datasets.
  • Improve training speed by combining transfer learning and feature extraction.
  • Discuss advanced neural network architectures and recent areas of research where students can further improve their skills.
Final Review
(15 mins)
  • Review key learnings and answer questions.
  • Complete the assessment and earn a certificate.
  • Complete the workshop survey.
  • Learn how to set up your own AI application development environment.

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