CIS6930/4930 covers the fundamental theory and application of popular artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in computer graphics. This course introduces several neural network architectures and the mathematical principles behind them. A semester-long project motivated by research publications teaches technical writing and graphics processing unit (GPU) programming on the NVIDIA HiPerGator GPU cluster. Convolutional neural networks for denoising movies and generative adversarial networks for animation are project examples.
This course teaches students the mathematical principles behind deep learning AI algorithms and how to implement them to solve research problems in computer graphics. Concepts presented include: supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning; neural network (deep learning) architectures including convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and autoencoders; and related algorithms and techniques like backpropagation and fine-tuning. Topics presented in this course are explored through a semester-long project where students use GPU programming to implement theories and concepts they have learned in the course. Some project examples include, CNNs for denoising movie frames, and generative adversarial networks (GANs) for facial animation. Several lectures focus on technical paper writing and presentation skills. In the second half of the course, students read research papers that incorporate deep learning concepts in the context of computer graphics research. Weekly quizzes are designed to help students gauge their understanding of course material. These quizzes prepare students for the written homework assignment and take-home exam which are designed to develop problem solving skills using mathematical concepts covered in the course material.
Instructor: Dr. Corey Toler-Franklin, CISE Department, University of Florida
Contact: Office CSE 332 or Lab CSE 319, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: M 5pm-6pm and by appointment
Location: Zoom (See details in canvas)
Time: MWF Period 5 (11:45 am – 12:35 pm)
Course Management: Canvas
Proficiency in a programming Language (Python and/or C++ recommended), Data Structures and Algorithms, Linear Algebra, and Calculus.
**Contact instructor if you are not sure you are prepared for the course**
Author: Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville,
Free online version
***weekly in class quiz dates
All assignments are distributed and submitted in Canvas.
60% Course Project (submitted in three parts)
15% Take Home Exam (1)
15% Written Homework (1)
10% Quizzes (~weekly)
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The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering values broad diversity within our community and is committed to
individual and group empowerment, inclusion, and the elimination of discrimination. It is expected that every
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violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as
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Students will have access to a GPU cluster for completing the course project.
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