The Volgenau School of Engineering
Department of Computer Science
CS 782 Machine Learning
Meeting time: Wednesday 4:30 pm – 7:10 pm
Meeting location: Robinson Hall B102
Instructor: Dr. Gheorghe Tecuci, Professor of Computer Science
Office hours: Monday
7:15 pm – 8:05 pm and Wednesday 7:15 pm – 8:05 pm
Office: Nguyen Engineering Building 4613
Phone: 703 993 1722
E-mail: tecuci at gmu dot edu
Machine Learning is concerned with the development of computer systems that are able to improve their performance at some task by learning from input data, from their own problem solving experience, and/or from a human. This course presents the principles, strategies, major methods, systems, applications, open issues, and research directions in Machine Learning. Covered topics include: Inductive learning, Decision trees, Rule induction, Instance-based learning, Bayesian learning, Neural networks, Model ensembles, Learning Theory, Support vector machines, and Learning apprentices. The course will also include experimentation with learning systems implementing the methods discussed in class. A major part of this course will involve your development of a research project in an area of interest to you, involving significant outside study and preparation of both a written paper and an oral presentation to the class.
This course will use Blackboard (see http://gmu.blackboard.com) to post lecture notes, papers, assignments, and grades. Students have accounts on Blackboard and can download the PDF slide files by going to courses.gmu.edu and logging in using their Mason ID and passwords.
There will be assignments, a project, and a final exam, the course grade being computed as follows:
Class participation and assignments: 20%
Final exam 40%
Final Exam Date
Monday May 8th, 4:30pm
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