CS 726: Advanced Machine Learning (Spring 2021)

Lecture Schedule Slot 9, Mon-Thurs 3:30pm to 5:00pm.
Venue msteams
Instructor: Sunita Sarawagi
TA: Soumyadeep Thakur, Deepti Mittal, Abhishek, Alex James, Parikshit Bansal.
Email to reach all TAs and Instructors CS726@googlegroups.com.
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Course description

This course will concentrate on modeling, generation, and prediction of multiple inter-dependent variables. The topics covered will span probabilistics graphical models (directed and undirected), inference methods like junction trees, belief propagation, and other approximate methods, sampling methods like MCMC, generative models like variational auto-encoders, GANs, Deep Gaussian processes, neural architectures for structured predictions, calibration and out of distribution detection, Bayesian neural networks. When appropriate the techniques will be linked to applications in NLP, speed recognition, graphics, and science.


The course is open to CS MTechs, PhD, DD and BTech students provided they have taken an introductory course in IITB in machine learning and obtained at least a BC grade in it. Students of other departments should approach for permission only if they meet the necessary pre-requisites. Audit mode students are not allowed.


A formal introductory ML course like CS 725 or CS 337 or CS 419 is required. Online ML courses do not qualify as pre-requisites. The course assumes basic knowledge of probability, statistics, and linear algebra. Chapters 2 and 3 of the Deep-learning book are a good place to refresh the necessary required background. Also, the course assumes basic background in machine learning, for example as covered in Chapter 5 of the Deep-learning book and deep learning, for example, as covered in Chapter 6 of the same book. Further, we will assume that students are familiar with CNNs, RNNs, and sequence to sequence learning with attention.

Credit/Audit Requirements

Approximate credit structure

Reading List

Primary text books

Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Techniques, by Daphne Koller and Nir Friedman, MIT Press, 2009.

Deep Learning by Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville, MIT Press, 2016.

The course calendar will provide links to other relevant papers and book chapters for specific topics.
Other relevant text books:

Online courses on deep learning