Neural Networks and Deep Learning
Assigned: Thu Nov 16, 2017
Due: Sat Dec 16, 2017
The goal of this assignment is propose and
carry out an interesting research project using neural nets and
deep learning. I have suggested project ideas in class, and
several of you have described projects you would like to work
on. My hope for this assignment is that you will produce novel
results that will be the basis of a research article for a
conference or journal.
Your project can be one of two sorts: (1) an idea for a novel
architecture, learning algorithm, training procedure, etc.; and
(2) a novel application of deep learning to a research problem
in some area of computer science, cognitive science, or
You may work solo or with one other person.
If you have a big enough project, you may work with 2 others,
but speak to me first.
If you'd like to run project ideas past me, I'm happy to give
you feedback. Write up a brief 2-5 paragraph description
of what you want to do and email it to me at my university
address (not to piazza).
What to hand in
Hand in a compact paper that describes your
results. Aim for a conference or journal style article, wherein
you motivate the problem, describe the approach in detail, and
systematically present results, then discuss the implication of
This write up will be due in class on December 16 when we have
our final exam time slot. Because I have only a few days after
the due date to compute semester grades, there will be no
extensions for this assignment. Hand in what you have on
I'd like a subset of folks to present their
results in class during our final meeting. If you'd be
interested in presenting, contact me. I will consider in-class
presentations as extra credit work.