Top 7 FREE Artificial Intelligence Courses from the Ivy League Universities

Original article was published by Roman Orac on Artificial Intelligence on Medium


Top 7 FREE Artificial Intelligence Courses from the Ivy League Universities

A curated list of the top AI courses. Learn from the best minds in the field — Be selective with your time, energy and focus.

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These days it feels like every week comes with a new AI course. With such volume, we need to be really selective with our time, energy and focus. A simple but effective strategy is to attend the courses from the best minds in the field.

Use your time effectively and attend the courses from the best minds in the field.

With the help of my fellow Data Scientists, we curated a list of the top 7 Artificial Intelligence courses from the Ivy League Universities. The course had to be free to be included in the list.

I haven’t attended all the courses on the list but I got high praise from my colleagues. Next on my course list is the Reinforcement Learning course.

What is the Ivy League?

Ivy League is a group of eight private universities: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania.

While Stanford and MIT are clearly prestigious schools, they are not Ivy League schools simply because they are not members of the Ivy League.

In case you’ve missed my other two articles related to this topic:

1. Reinforcement Learning

University: Georgia Tech
Instructor: Prof. Charles Isbell

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Reinforcement Learning is one of the hottest topics in Machine Learning. You should take this course if you have a desire to engage with it from a theoretical perspective.

In this course, you will explore automated decision-making from a Computer Science perspective through a combination of classic papers and more recent work. You will examine efficient algorithms, where they exist, for single-agent and multi-agent planning as well as approaches to learning near-optimal decisions from experience. At the end of the course, you will replicate a result from a published paper in reinforcement learning.

2. Machine Vision

University: MIT
Instructor: Prof. Berthold Horn

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This MIT course provides an intensive introduction to the process of generating a symbolic description of an environment from an image.

In lectures, you will learn the physics of image formation, motion vision, and recovering shapes from shading. Binary image processing and filtering are presented as preprocessing steps.

Further topics include photogrammetry, object representation alignment, analog VLSI and Computational Vision. Applications to robotics and intelligent machine interaction are discussed.

3. Mathematics of Machine Learning

University: MIT
Instructor: Prof. Philippe Rigollet

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Broadly speaking, Machine Learning refers to the automated identification of patterns in data. As such it has been a fertile ground for new statistical and algorithmic developments.

The purpose of this course is to provide a mathematically rigorous introduction to these developments with emphasis on methods and their analysis.

Topics covered in Mathematics of Machine Learning

4. Data Science: Probability

University: HarvardX
Instructor: Prof. Rafael Irizarry

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In this course, you will learn valuable concepts in probability theory. The motivation for this course is the circumstances surrounding the financial crisis of 2007–2008.

Part of what caused this financial crisis was that the risk of some securities sold by financial institutions was underestimated. To begin to understand this very complicated event, we need to understand the basics of probability.

This course will introduce important concepts such as random variables, independence, Monte Carlo simulations, expected values, standard errors, and the Central Limit Theorem. These statistical concepts are fundamental to conducting statistical tests on data and understanding whether the data you are analyzing is likely occurring due to an experimental method or to chance.

Probability theory is the mathematical foundation of statistical inference which is indispensable for analyzing data affected by chance, and thus essential for Data Scientists.

5. Artificial Intelligence

University: ColumbiaX
Instructor: Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, Ph.D.

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What do self-driving cars, face recognition, web search, industrial robots, missile guidance, and tumor detection have in common?

They are all complex real-world problems being solved with applications of intelligence (AI).

This course will provide a broad understanding of the basic techniques for building intelligent computer systems and an understanding of how AI is applied to problems.

You will learn about the history of AI, intelligent agents, state-space problem representations, uninformed and heuristic search, game playing, logical agents, and constraint satisfaction problems.

You will gain hands-on experience by building a basic search agent. Adversarial search will be explored through the creation of a game and an introduction to Machine Learning includes work on linear regression.

6. Machine Learning

University: Columbia
Instructor: John W. Paisley, Ph.D.

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Machine Learning is the basis for the most exciting careers in Data Analysis today. You’ll learn the models and methods and apply them to real-world situations ranging from identifying trending news topics to building recommendation engines, ranking sports teams and plotting the path of movie zombies.

Major perspectives covered include:

  • probabilistic versus non-probabilistic modeling
  • supervised versus unsupervised learning

Topics include classification and regression, clustering methods, sequential models, matrix factorization, topic modeling and model selection.

Methods include linear and logistic regression, support vector machines, tree classifiers, boosting, maximum likelihood and MAP inference, EM algorithm, hidden Markov models, Kalman filters, k-means, Gaussian mixture models, among others.

7. Algorithms, 1

University: Princeton
Instructor: Kevin Wayne, Ph.D.

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This course is for you if you would like to improve your programming skills. While it is not strictly related to Machine Learning, you’ll build strong Computer Science foundations.

This course covers the essential information that every serious programmer needs to know about algorithms and data structures, with emphasis on applications and scientific performance analysis of Java implementations.

Part I covers elementary data structures, sorting, and searching algorithms. Part II focuses on graph- and string-processing algorithms.

Few worthy mentions

Machine Learning Coursera

University: Standford
Instructor: Prof. Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng’s Coursera course is my favorite Machine Learning Course. It is the first course I took in the field. You’ll build strong Machine Learning foundations by listening to this course

This course provides a broad introduction to machine learning, data mining, and statistical pattern recognition. The course will also draw from numerous case studies and applications so that you’ll also learn how to apply learning algorithms to building smart robots, text understanding, computer vision and other areas.

An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Poker

University: Johns Hopkins
Instructor: Prof. Avi Rubin

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Johns Hopkins Poker Course is not strictly related to Machine Learning, but still kinda related as it deals with statistics. This is a fun way to learn about math and combinatorics.

This intersession course aims to take students from novices who may know nothing about poker to above-average players, in two weeks. The course will utilize hand examples and discussions of common poker situations to study the fundamentals of the game.

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