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Deep Learning: working with convolutional neural networks – a hands on workshop

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Tuesday 17 Jul 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00

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The introduction of convolutional neural networks (CNNs) has led to dramatic improvements in computer vision tasks, including visual recognition [1,2], understanding image aesthetics [3,4] and extracting perceptions of urban neighbourhoods [5,6]. In this workshop we not only introduce you to CNNs, but we will also teach you how to construct a CNN model to classify your own image dataset.

Data scientists might hesitate to use deep learning in their own research, as deep learning models tend to require vast quantities of training data to create useful models. However, transfer learning is a useful technique that can be used to train your own CNN models even when you have a limited amount of training data. With transfer learning, you can use an existing pretrained CNN, such as ImageNet (, and fine-tune the pretrained CNN for a related task. In our own past research, we have used the Places CNN trained on the Places2 dataset (a repository of 8 million scene photographs) [7] to create new CNNs to predict the scenicness of an image [8] and classify images of an urban environments for various design features [9].

While our approaches are specific to urban data analysis, transfer learning can be used to create CNNs for a variety of tasks that utilise image data. In this course we will be using the Pytorch [10] to show you how to work with CNNs, including using an existing CNN to classify an image as well as using transfer learning to create your own CNN models.

Beginner to Intermediate knowledge of python; a basic knowledge of what deep learning is.

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  10. Paszke, A., Chintala, S., Collobert, R., Kavukcuoglu, K., Farabet, C., Bengio, S., Melvin, I., Weston, J. and Mariethoz, J., 2017 Pytorch: Tensors and dynamic neural networks in python with strong gpu acceleration.



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