International Program on Machine Learning

International Program on Machine Learning


Program Overview


Even though there are plenty of machine learning courses and programs around, there are few systematic programs on the theoretical foundation of machine learning and its application to science, which are two of the most promising new directions in AI. In addition, the educational resources in AI are very unevenly distributed over the world, with many countries lacking access to the cutting edge of these vastly important scientific areas.


As the first certificate program in PKU's Global Open Courses Program, the International Program on Machine Learning (IPML) is designed to provide international students with a rare opportunity to learn and conduct research in theoretical machine learning and AI for Science. The program is organized by the Center for Machine Learning Research (CMLR) at Peking University, a leading institution in these areas. Its goal is to provide students with the necessary background knowledge leading towards pursuing a career in exploring the frontier of theoretical machine learning and AI for Science, as well as the opportunity to work with the world's leading experts in these areas. IPML offers both online courses and in-person research opportunities.


Program Description

The program comprises the following:

1. Two online courses during Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. Those students who successfully complete the two online courses will receive a program certificate from the International Program in Machine Learning.

2. A summer residential learning and research experience at PKU during July/August 2023. A certain number of full scholarships to attend this summer camp will be provided for high achieving students who have successfully taken the two online courses.

3. The top students from the summer program will qualify to receive a full scholarship to begin a graduate program at PKU in the new field of machine learning.


Course Description


1. Mathematical Introduction to Machine Learning (Fall 2022, Date: September 5, 2022 – January 8, 2023)

Taught by Weinan E and Lei Wu


This course gives a mathematical introduction to the most important areas in machine learning, particularly deep learning – based machine learning. The basic starting point is to think about supervised learning, unsupervised learning and reinforcement learning as problems about approximating functions, approximating probability distributions and solving Bellman equations, respectively. Relevant issues in approximation theory, estimation error and the properties of training algorithms will be discussed. The course will also discuss how to use mathematical tools, such as differential equations, to formulate machine learning models.


2. Topics in AI for Science (Spring 2023, Date: February 20 – June 25, 2023)

Taught by Bin Dong and Weinan E


This course introduces students to the frontier of a fascinating new field: AI for Science, namely, how machine learning and other AI techniques can be used to advance the frontier of science. Topics to be covered include:

(1) Introduction to the relevant physical models used in science.

(2) Introduction to machine learning.

(3) Machine learning – based algorithms for the quantum many-body problem.

(4) Machine learning – based molecular modeling.

(5) Machine learning – based algorithms for PDEs.

(6) Application areas include protein folding, drug design, combustion, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, turbulence modeling, computational imaging, etc.


Students will be assigned projects on specific topics in AI for Science to help bring them to the frontier of this field. They may work in groups based on their research interests. At the end of the course, each participating student must submit a term paper, and his/her performance will be evaluated based on the quality of the term paper. The term paper needs to demonstrate a good understanding of some aspects of the field and present some suggestions for future research directions. One specific aim of this course is to guide participating students to find a particular topic of their interest in AI for Science. Students may conduct further in-depth research on the topic during the summer research program.


Summer Camp and Graduate Program

A summer residential learning and research experience at PKU will follow the two aforementioned IPML courses, in July/August 2023. A certain number of full scholarships to attend this summer camp will be provided for high achieving students who have successfully taken the two online courses. Top students from the summer program will qualify to receive a full scholarship to begin a graduate program at PKU in the new field of Machine Learning.


(Note: The online courses, summer residential camp and graduate program will be conducted in English.)



How to Apply


Application for the certificate program must be done online at  http://www.studyatpku.com.

Application Prerequisites

All applications will be reviewed by the IPML admission committee. The number of students admitted will depend on class capacity.

1. A solid background in calculus and linear algebra; some background knowledge in probability theory, facility with ordinary differential equations and inner product spaces; some coding experience (preferably with Python).

IPML is designed primarily for 3rd year undergraduate students or Master’s degree students seeking to go on for a Ph.D.

2. IMPL are open to students who are currently enrolled in a higher education institution during the duration of the program. Since the full length of the program will extend to two semesters and a summer, it is expected that the student will be fully enrolled in their home institution throughout the program.

3. Peking University’s 2022 Fall Semester will last from September 5, 2022, to January 8, 2023; the 2023 Spring Semester will last from February 20, 2023, to June 25, 2023. Course scheduling will follow the academic calendar of Peking University.

4. The courses are taught in English. Participants must have adequate proficiency in the language the course is being taught in (English).


Online Application Period for 2022 Fall Semester

Starts: June 22, 2022 

Ends: August 12, 2022

NOTE:

The online application system will only be available during aforementioned time. Please complete the application within the specified time period.


Application Documents

1. A CV.

2. Official transcripts of your academic achievement up to the present, including courses taken and standards achieved; they must be original documents or certified copies, either in Chinese or English.

3. A personal statement (around 1000 words in English) explaining why you chose this program and how will it relate to your future study or career.

4. Please visit http://www.studyatpku.com to start the online application.

For Application General Instruction and Application Steps, please click here.


Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ regarding IPML, please click here.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the International Program on Machine Learning enrollment process, please email globalopencourses@pku.edu.cn