Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Video Lectures on Information Theory, Pattern Recognition, and Neural Networks

Before I got into Sustainable Energy (2008) and started working for the government on things like the DECC 2050 Pathways Calculator (2009-2012), I used to have a lot of fun researching, writing, and teaching in the fields of Information Theory and Machine Learning. For about ten years, one of the most popular courses in the Department of Physics was a [senior-level] course that I taught on Information Theory, Pattern Recognition, and Neural Networks, for which my [free online] book on Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms (2003) was the textbook.
Working as a Chief Scientific Advisor to DECC put a stop to my course (2009), but thanks to help from my research group, and a volunteer audience, we have recreated the course and put together 16 videos of lectures (plus a little bonus lecture, from a practice session).
These lectures will soon all be available on, and are also available from our local website.
A big thank you for Emli-Mari Nel for leading all the hard work - it is amazing how many things can go wrong with video-making, and Emli-Mari has done a fantastic job of cleaning up jittery video-signals and buzzy audio, and making things work nicely on the videolectures site.