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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on deep learning concepts and their applications. Assuming basic machine learning knowledge, and experience in related programming frameworks, it will delve deeper into the building blocks of modern deep learning systems and their specialised applications in processing structured and unstructured data. The unit covers fundamental neural architectures, including feedforward neural networks, convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks, gated recurrent units, long-short term memory and autoencoders, with practical examples on applications to vision and language data. These will build foundational understandings to advanced topics in variational autoencoders, Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), transformers, deep reinforcement learning, and policy gradient methods.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate efficacy in applying deep neural networks on structured and unstructured data; (2) demonstrate understanding of autoencoders for semi-supervised learning and dimensionality reduction; (3) apply sequence processing methods to time-series data; (4) apply generative models for data generation; (5) apply generative adversarial networks to learn data distribution; and (6) demonstrate understanding of deep reinforcement learning.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester test; (2) final examination; and (3) practical projects. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Du Huynh
Unit rules
Successful completion of
CITS5508 Machine Learning
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
laboratories: 2 hours per week.
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