Foundations of Deep Learning

Course type:Lecture + Exercise
Time:Monday, 14:15 - 15:45, first meeting: Oct. 17
Location:The course will be Hybrid:
- Weekly flipped classroom sessions will be held on Monday at HS 00 026 µ - SAAL (G.-Köhler-Allee 101) and via Zoom. See ILIAS for Zoom link.
- Optional exercise sessions will take place on Friday 10:15-11:45 at HS 00 006 (G.-Köhler-Allee 082)
Organizers:Frank Hutter, Abhinav Valada, Steven Adriaensen, Mahmoud Safari
Web page:ILIAS (under construction, please make sure to also register for all elements of this course module in HISinOne)

Foundations of Deep Learning

Deep learning is one of the fastest growing and most exciting fields. This course will provide you with a clear understanding of the fundamentals of deep learning including the foundations to neural network architectures and learning techniques, and everything in between.

Course Overview

The course will be taught in English and will follow a flipped classroom approach.

Every week there will be:

  • a video lecture
  • an exercise sheet
  • a flipped classroom session (hybrid, Mondays 14:15 - 15:45)
  • an attendance optional exercise session (in-class/offline, Fridays 10:15 - 11:45)

At the end, there will be a written exam (likely an ILIAS test).

Exercises must be completed in groups and must be submitted a week (+ 1 day) after their release.
Your submissions will be graded and you will receive weekly feedback.
Your final grade will be solely based on a written examination, however, a passing grade for the exercises is a prerequisite for passing the course.

Hybrid course: All material will be made available online and course participation will not require in-person presence. That being said, we offer ample opportunity for direct interaction with the professors during live Q & A sessions (HS 00 026 µ - SAAL, G.-Köhler-Allee 101) and with our tutors during weekly attendance optional in-class exercise sessions (HS 00-006, G.-Köhler-Allee 082).

Exam: The exam will likely be a test you complete on ILIAS. In-person presence may be required (TBA).

Course Schedule

The following are the dates for the flipped classroom sessions:

17.10.22 - Kickoff: Info Course Organisation / Team Formation
24.10.22 - Week 1: Intro to Deep Learning
31.10.22 - Week 2: From Logistic Regression to MLPs
07.11.22 - Week 3: Backpropagation
14.11.22 - Week 4: Optimization
21.11.22 - Week 5: Regularization
28.11.22 - Week 6: Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs)
05.12.22 - Week 7: Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs)
12.12.22 - Week 8: Attention & Transformers
19.12.22 - Week 9: Practical Methodology
09.01.23 - Week 10: Hyperparameter Optimization
16.01.23 - Week 11: Neural Architecture Search
23.01.23 - Week 12: Auto-Encoders, Variational Auto-Encoders, GANs
30.01.23 - Week 13: Uncertainty in Deep Learning
06.02.23 - Round-up / Exam Q & A

The course material (lecture video, slides, exercise sheet) for "Week N" will be made available a week before the flipped classroom session for "Week N". For example, the material for Week 1 will be available on 17.10.22 and solutions to the exercises must be submitted latest 25.10.22 at 23:59. Virtual participation in flipped classroom sessions will be enabled using Zoom and the meeting link can be found on ILIAS in the "Flipped Classroom" folder.

In the first session (on 17.10.22) you will get additional information about the course and get the opportunity to ask general questions (and form groups!) While there is no need to prepare for this first session, we encourage you to already think about forming teams.
The last flipped classroom session will be held on 06.02.23.


If you have a question, please post it in the ILIAS forum (so everyone can benefit from the answer).

Alternatively, you can also email