Practical Deep Learning @ CSC

Training room Dogmi, 1st floor (CSC - IT Center for Science)

Training room Dogmi, 1st floor

CSC - IT Center for Science

LIfe Science Center, Keilaranta 14, Espoo, Finland


This course gives a practical introduction to deep learning, convolutional and recurrent neural networks, GPU computing, and tools to train and apply deep neural networks for natural language processing, images, and other applications.

The course consists of lectures and hands-on exercises. Keras ( and PyTorch ( will be used in the exercise sessions. CSC's Notebooks ( environment will be used on the first day of the course, and the Taito-GPU ( cluster on the second day.

Learning outcome

After the course the participants should have the skills and knowledge needed to begin applying deep learning for different tasks and utilizing the GPU resources available at CSC for training and deploying their own neural networks.


The participants are assumed to have working knowledge of Python and suitable background in data analysis, machine learning, or a related field. Previous experience in deep learning is not required, but the fundamentals of machine learning are not covered on this course.  Basic knowledge of a Linux/Unix environment will be assumed.

Agenda (tentative)

Day 1, Wednesday 13.2

  •    09.00 – 10.30 Lecture: Introduction to deep learning

  •    10.30 – 11.00 Exercises: Introduction to Notebooks, Keras fundamentals

  •    11.00 – 12.00 Lecture: Image data, multi-layer percepton networks, convolutional neural networks

  •    12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

  •    13.00 – 14.00 Exercises: Image classification with MLPs, CNNs

  •    14.00 – 15.00 Lecture: Text data, embeddings, neural NLP, recurrent neural networks

  •    15.00 – 16.00 Exercises: Text sentiment classification with CNNs, RNNs

Day 2, Thursday 14.2

  •    09.00 – 10.00 Lecture: GPUs, batch jobs, using Taito-GPU

  •    10.00 – 12.00 Exercises: Image classification

  •    12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

  •    13.00 – 14.00 Exercises: Text categorization and labelling

  •    14.00 – 15.00 Lecture: Cloud, GPU utilization, multiple GPUs

  •    15.00 – 16.00 Exercises: Using multiple GPUs

Coffee will be served both for the morning and afternoon sessions


Markus Koskela (CSC),  Mats Sjöberg (CSC)


Language:  English
Price:          Free of charge

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