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CS480/680 Fall 2020 - Introduction to Machine Learning

Instructor: Pascal Poupart (ppoupart [at] uwaterloo [dot] ca)

Piazza: piazza.com/uwaterloo.ca/fall2020/cs480680

Optional QA sessions via LEARN Bongo: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11 am - noon (an external link for the QA sessions will be posted in Piazza and accessible by all students, even if you cannot enroll yet)

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11 am. Book a 15-minute one-on-one meeting with Pascal via Calendly. The online meeting will be done with LEARN Bongo. Pascal will send you a Bongo link before the meeting.

Teaching Assistants:

Course format: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the course will be delivered online in an asynchronous way. This means that there are no lectures and no meetings on campus. Since some students might be in different timezones, there are no mandatory online meetings either. All material for the course is available via this website. Although this is an asynchronous online course, this is not a self study course that you can complete at any time. In the schedule, you are expected to watch and understand the videos assigned each week by that week. You must also respect the deadlines for the assignments, the Kaggle competition and the project (grad students in CS680 only). Pascal will hold optional online QA sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Slides and Videos: Checkout the schedule. Each week you are expected to watch and understand the videos scheduled in that week. For the first week, you must watch the videos scheduled Sept 7-11. Since Pascal taught the same course in 2019 and recorded each lecture, we will re-use many of the video-lectures from 2019. The fundamental concepts have not changed since last year. Pascal may update or record new videos for some new topics.

QA sessions: The first QA session will be on Tuesday Sept 8, 11am-noon (Eastern time). In each QA session, Pascal will answer questions about the material assigned each week in that week. The QA sessions are optional. Each QA session will be recorded and posted in LEARN. We will use the Bongo virtual classroom system in LEARN to hold the QA sessions. If you cannot enroll in the course yet, you can still participate in the QA sessions: an external link for each QA session will be posted in Piazza.