- Department: Electronic Engineering
- Module co-ordinator: Prof. Stephen Smith
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
- See module specification for other years: 2023-24
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is one of the most important and influential research field of the modern world. This module introduces you to the theory of a range of biologically inspired machine learning and computational intelligence methods for processing information. This module will introduce the theory of a range of machine learning and computational intelligence methods including Artificial Neural Networks, supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms, swarm intelligence principles, and probabilistic inference. You will develop practical skills in relevant software tools and systems, and explore their application through real-world practical examples. The implications for information searching and management, robotics, and major international networks are enormous. You will understand how perceptions work, and gain experience in the structure and operation of a wide variety of techniques in machine learning.
|Semester 2 2024-25
Subject content aims:
Introduce the fields and theory behind of Neural Networks, supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms, swarm intelligence principles, and probabilistic inference
Explain the implementation and use of machine learning and computational intelligence methods in practical applications
Graduate skills aims:
Understand the different types of neural network technologies, machine learning methodologies, and application areas
Develop practical skills in relevant software tools and systems
Application through real-world practical examples
Subject content learning outcomes:
After successful completion of this module, students will:
Be able to discuss the principles of contemporary machine learning technologies including reinforcement learning, supervised and unsupervised learning methods, and probabilistic learning
Be able to explain the structure and function of a neural computing unit and types of artificial neural networks including Perceptron, Multilayer perceptron, Deep, Associative, Hebbian, Competitive and Boltzmann networks, and basic Spiking Neural Networks
Be able to describe the range of learning rules applied to these networks, including: Widrow-Hoff, Back-propagation, Hebbian, Oja, Sanger, Competitive, Kohonen and Boltzmann rules, and be able to calculate and use the Widrow-Hoff delta rule for Perceptron networks and the Hopfield energy function for associative networks
Be able to explain probabilistic learning and inference systems based on probabilistic models and Bayesian networks, including swarm intelligence algorithms, naive Bayes inference, Kalman filters, and Hidden Markov Models
Be able to implement machine learning systems to accomplish basic tasks
Graduate skills learning outcomes:
After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
Communicate understanding and design choices through written content.
Implement and apply a range of machine learning algorithms
Apply theoretical knowledge to solve problems.
Use relevant software tools and systems
Perform problem solving and inference using tools and systems applied to real-world problems/applications
Introduction to machine learning methods including neural, statistical, and swarm intelligent methodologies
Supervised learning systems, e.g. neural networks, decision trees, genetic programming
Unsupervised learning systems. e.g. K-means, autoencoders and other clustering approaches
Reinforcement learning including Q-learning and reward-based mechanisms
Probabilistic learning including Bayesian networks, Kalman filters, and Hidden Markov Models
|% of module mark
Mini-project and report 3000 words
|% of module mark
Mini-project and report 3000 words
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