COMP 640: Graduate Seminar in Machine Learning


This research seminar is intended to discuss recent advances and trends in machine learning. We will be presenting and discussing 1-2 recent technical papers each week. The focus will be on modern techniques for massive datasets. The aim is to understand the key ideas and concepts with an aim of generalizing them and stimulating research. Whenever necessary, some concepts will be introduced for clarification and to make connections.

Grading and Logistics

Class participation and one presentation for 1 credit. In addition students can undergo a semester long project for 3 credits.


Familiarity with basics in linear algebra, probability, and machine learning is required.

Paper Assignment

Paper Assignments


Students with Disability

If you have a documented disability that may affect academic performance, you should: 1) make sure this documentation is on file with Disability Support Services (Allen Center, Room 111 / / x5841) to determine the accommodations you need; and 2) meet with me to discuss your accommodation needs.