|AI Short Courses, New From Udacity|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Friday, 02 June 2023|
Udacity has announced a new course every day for the last fortnight. Each one provides you with job ready skills in less than a month and for a limited time you can take advantage of a 50% discount.
The premise behind the fourteen courses that Udacity has just launched are that you can learn practical technical skills in less than a month. Between them they cover a wide range of topics, including Data Science, AI, Programming, and Cybersecurity.
My three picks today are all AI-related so if you want to know about the other eleven take a look at the full list of Udacity Short Online Courses that share the enrollment date of June 7th and which are being introduced for half the regular cost, $200 per month instead of $399.
I make no apology for choosing courses related to AI. While some are alarmed at the pace of development towards efficient and effective artificial intelligence embracing it and understanding how it works - and how we can both use it to our advantage and keep it under control - seems a more rational approach. For some, an even better idea is to be on the inside and look for a career at the forefront of AI.
Udacity's courses are co-created with tech companies and are taught by instructors who are experts. Learners receive support from technical mentors and receive personalized project feedback with line-by-line code review. Udacity claims:
Our learn-by-doing approach incorporates projects based on real-world scenarios. They aren’t just multiple choice questions graded by bots—they are open-ended and require critical thinking. Just like the workplace.
Although these new courses are designed to be completed within one month, they are still project-based and highly practical. The Course Project is listed first in the outlines below, followed by the lessons that impart the required knowledge.
At Advanced level, in this course you'll learn how to build and train different generative adversarial network architectures to generate new images. Its prerequisites include knowing about Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), intermediate Python proficiency and experience with PyTorch.
Course Project: Face Generation
Build and train a custom GAN architecture on the CelebA dataset, leveraging the different skills learned during the course. Build a custom GAN architecture, including generator and discriminator. Experiment with the different loss functions discovered during the course, such as the Binary Cross Entropy loss or the Wasserstein loss. Finally, you’ll utilize some of the methods learned to stabilize training, such as label smoothing.
At Intermediate level, this course provides a deep dive into the fundamental theoretical and practical topics related to deep learning. Its prerequisites are intermediate Python skills and experience with Jupyter notebooks, Pandas and NumPy and Machine Learning Frameworks.
Course Project: Developing a Handwritten Digits Classifier with PyTorch
Develop a handwritten digit recognition system in PyTorch. Then, use data preprocessing skills to load data appropriately for use in models. Develop a neural network using PyTorch and write a training loop that trains the model with the loaded data. Lastly, apply advanced training techniques to improve accuracy on the test set.
In this course you'll discover how to combine CNN and RNN networks to build an automatic image captioning application. Learners should have knowledge of probability basics, deep learning frameworks, intermediate Python, neural network basics, and object-oriented programming basics.
Course Project: Image Captioning
Combine CNN and RNN knowledge to build a deep learning model that produces captions given an input image. Image captioning requires that learners create a complex deep learning model with two components: a CNN that transforms an input image into a set of features, and an RNN that turns those features into rich, descriptive language. In this project, you will implement these cutting-edge deep learning architectures.
If you don't already have all the prerequisites you need for these courses the Udacity GPT, the recently introduced chatbot, can provide recommendations.
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|Last Updated ( Friday, 02 June 2023 )|