Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Computer Vision

Christopher Watkins1

1CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia

This workshop teaches you to apply deep learning techniques to a wide range of computer vision tasks through a series of hands-on exercises. You will get to work with widely-used deep learning tools, frameworks,   and   workflows   by   performing   neural   network   training   and   deployment   on   a fully-configured GPU accelerated workstation in the cloud. After a quick introduction to deep learning to start  the  course,  you  will  advance  to  building and deploying deep learning applications for image classification and object detection, followed by modifying the applications to improve their accuracy and performance, and finish by implementing the workflow that you have learned on a final project. At the end of the workshop, you will have access to additional resources to create new deep learning applications on your own.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Certification: Upon successful completion of this workshop, you will receive NVIDIA DLI Certification to prove subject matter competency and support professional career growth
  • Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic programming fundamentals, like functions and variables
  • Languages: English
  • Tools, libraries, and frameworks: Caffe, DIGITS


At the conclusion of the workshop, you will have an understanding of the fundamentals of deep learning and be able to:

  • Implement common deep learning workflows, such as image classification and object detection
  • Experiment with data, training parameters, network structure, and other strategies to increase performance and capability of neural networks
  • Integrate and deploy neural networks in your own applications to start solving sophisticated real-world problems


  Components Description

(45 mins)

  • Course Overview
  • Getting Started with Deep Learning
Introduction to deep learning, situations in which it is useful, key terminology, industry trends, and challenges.
Break (15 mins)
Unlocking New Capabilities

(120 mins)

  • Biological inspiration for Deep Neural Networks (DNNs)
  • Training DNNs with Big Data
Hands-on exercise: Training neural networks to perform image classification by harnessing the three main ingredients of deep learning: Deep Neural Networks, Big Data, and the GPU.
Break (45 mins)


Unlocking New Capabilities

(40 mins)

  • Deploying DNN models
Deployment of trained neural networks from their training environment into real applications.
Measuring and Improving Performance

(100 mins)

  • Optimizing DNN Performance
  • Incorporating Object Detection
Hands-on exercise: neural network performance optimization and applying DNNs to object detection.

(20 mins)

  • Summary of Key Learnings
Review of concepts and practical takeaways.
Break (15 mins)

(60 mins)

  • Assessment Project: Train and Deploy a Deep Neural Network
Validate your learning by applying the deep learning application development workflow (load dataset, train and deploy model) to a new problem.
Next Steps

(15 mins)

  • Workshop Survey
  • Setting up your own GPU enabled environment
  • Additional project ideas
  • Getting Data
Learn how to setup your GPU-enabled environment to begin work on your own projects. Get additional project ideas along with resources to get started with NVIDIA AMI on the cloud, nvidia-docker, and the NVIDIA DIGITS container.


This course is also available as a self-paced online option at


  • Learn how to build deep learning and accelerated computing applications across a wide range of industry segments such as Autonomous Vehicles, Digital Content Creation, Finance, Game Development, and Healthcare
  • Obtain guided hands-on experience using the most widely used, industry-standard software, tools, and frameworks
  • Attain real world expertise through content designed in collaboration with industry leaders such as the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Mayo Clinic, and PwC
  • Earn NVIDIA DLI Certification to prove your subject matter competency and support professional career growth
  • Access courses anywhere, anytime with a fully configured GPU-accelerated workstation in the cloud
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