We’re delighted and honored to present this five-part series of tutorials on Computer Vision created by Stanford’s Andrej Karpathy. Computer Vision is ubiquitous now, with applications in search, image understanding, apps, mapping, medicine, drones, and self-driving cars. Core to many of these applications are visual recognition tasks such as image classification, localization, and detection. Recent developments in neural network (aka “deep learning”) approaches have greatly advanced the performance of these state-of-the-art visual recognition systems. This series of articles provides a deep dive into details of the deep learning architectures, with a focus on learning end-to-end models for these tasks that span image classification to convolutional neural networks. Through this series, you will gain a good understanding of how to implement, train, and debug your own neural networks. You’ll also learn how to set up the problem of image recognition, the learning algorithms (e.g., backpropagation), and practical engineering tricks for training and fine-tuning the networks.
Links to each of the series installments:
The series assumes some proficiency in Python. If you lack this background, don’t despair! Take the quick crash course, and you’ll be well on your way. Python is a great general-purpose programming language on its own, but with the help of a few popular libraries (numpy, scipy, matplotlib) it becomes a powerful environment for scientific computing. Python is a high-level, dynamically typed multiparadigm programming language. Python code is often said to be almost like pseudocode, since it allows you to express very powerful ideas in very few lines of code while being very readable. Numpy is the core library for scientific computing in Python. It provides a high-performance multidimensional array object, and tools for working with these arrays. If you are already familiar with MATLAB, you might find this tutorial useful to get started with Numpy.
Finally, for another perspective on the principles of computer vision, see Brandon Rohrer’s excellent post, Introduction to Convolutional Neural Networks.
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