Machine Learning Boot Camp

2020 Focus: Machine Learning for Executives

Registration is now open for the 2020 Virtual Machine Learning Boot Camp on August 6-7, 2020. Click here to register.

Virtual Machine Learning Boot Camp – August 6-7, 2020
(Thursday – Friday |  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Daily Schedule
8:00am – Start of Instruction
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
5:00 p.m. End of Instruction


This two-day boot camp will provide a broad introduction to Machine Learning (ML) from an executive perspective. Our goal is to give a manager or a CEO in a field such as medicine, finance, manufacturing, or energy an introduction to the essential concepts behind Machine Learning. Taught by a team of Rice professors in the computational sciences, the Machine Learning Boot Camp will integrate lectures describing the basic concepts to state-of-the-art Machine Learning. 

The boot camp assumes no specific prerequisites and will highlight a broad set of concepts, ranging from classical supervised (e.g., linear regression, logistic regression and decision trees) and unsupervised methods (e.g., clustering algorithms, principal components analysis) to modern machine learning approaches (e.g., different neural network architectures, min-max games and generative models, deep reinforcement learning), with numerous case studies and applications. Throughout its duration, the workshop will provide practical suggestions to executives with DOs and DON’Ts when using Machine Learning in practice. 

Prerequisites: A general level of familiarity with mathematics is assumed, including college-level calculus, though those without this background will still find the boot camp a useful introduction to modern ML.

Click here to see the full 2020 curriculum.

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