Machine Learning Bootcamp invites students to push technological boundaries

Machine Learning Bootcamp

Machine Learning Bootcamp

Machine Learning Bootcamp, a training course in Machine Learning funded by the Monash Warwick Alliance, is calling for participants from Monash University and the University of Warwick.

Machine Learning (ML), a cutting-edge discipline in computer science, teaches computers to act without them being explicitly programmed and has wide-ranging applications.

The five-day program to be held at Monash University in August 2015 will include a combination of workshops, lectures and an intensive team-based competition on real data to help implement the theory in practice.

Students unable to attend the workshops in Melbourne will be able to attend training days remotely from Warwick.

Created by students for students, the bootcamp is open to postgraduate and undergraduate research students from both universities who have intermediate programming skills and aims to equip participants with practical Machine Learning knowledge and skills.

ML Bootcamp organisers, PhD students Shenjun Zhong and Parthan Kasarapu of Monash University, along with Freeha Azmat and Torgyn Shaikhina of the University of Warwick, are from different disciplines but cite the Monash Warwick Alliance for bringing them together.

“We saw the Monash Warwick platform as an outstanding opportunity to organise an event that connects students from two leading universities located on two different continents,” Freeha said.

The team shares a passion for Machine Learning, which they believe has vast potential to transform how information is analysed in a range of domains.

“We hope the ML Bootcamp will empower every participant with the knowledge of modern data technology and the confidence to apply Machine Learning for the advancement of their research,” Torgyn said.

They also see the ML Bootcamp as an opportunity for participants to enrich their research, to collaborate and create career long networks.

“We envisioned Machine Learning Bootcamp as a platform for international and interdisciplinary collaboration, where student researchers can cultivate their teamwork and develop a new outlook to continuous learning,” Shenjun said.

“It will provide a platform that nurtures the minds of young researchers and encourages collaborative work,” Parthan said. 

Applications close on 20 March 2015.
Applicants from all disciplines with intermediate programming skills are welcome to apply. Registration is FREE. A limited number of merit-based travel awards from Warwick are available. Visit http://mlbootcamp.org/ for all information.

Formed in early 2012, the Monash Warwick Alliance represents an innovation in higher education and research and aims to accelerate the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash University and the University of Warwick.