# CECS Professional Skills Mapping

## COMP4680 — Advanced Topics in Machine Learning

code: COMP4680 Advanced Topics in Machine Learning 6 This course explores a selected area relevant to statistical machine learning in depth, and will be taught by an SML staff member of internationally recognised standing and research interest in that area. Based on current SML staffing, this will be one of: • kernel methods • graphical models • reinforcement learning • convex analysis • optimisation • bioinformatics • minimal description length principle • topics in information theory • decision theory Over the past several years the content has alternated between “convex analysis and optimisation” and “structured probabilistic models”. Students should contact the course convenor to find out what topic is planned for the coming semester. https://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/course/COMP4680 Distinguish definitions of key concepts in convex analysis, including convexity of sets and functions, subgradients, and the convex dualDerive basic results about convex functions such as Jensen’s inequalityProduce a formal optimization problem from a high-level description and determine whether the problem is convexRecognize standard convex optimization problems such as linear programs and quadratic programsDerive the standard (dual) quadratic program for support vector machines and understand the extension to max-margin methods for structured predictionImplement and analyse gradient descent algorithms such as stochastic gradient descent and mirror descentDifferentiate the solution of an optimization problem with respect to its parameters Assignment 1 (8%)Assignment 2 (10%)Assignment 3 (8%)Assignment 4 (8%)Assignment 5 (8%)Assignment 6 (8%)Final Exam (50%)

### Mapped learning outcomes

learning outcome1. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL BASE2. ENGINEERING APPLICATION ABILITY3. PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTESassessment tasks
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1. Distinguish definitions of key concepts in convex analysis, including convexity of sets and functions, subgradients, and the convex dual
1. Derive basic results about convex functions such as Jensen’s inequality
1. Produce a formal optimization problem from a high-level description and determine whether the problem is convex
1. Recognize standard convex optimization problems such as linear programs and quadratic programs
1. Derive the standard (dual) quadratic program for support vector machines and understand the extension to max-margin methods for structured prediction
1. Implement and analyse gradient descent algorithms such as stochastic gradient descent and mirror descent
1. Differentiate the solution of an optimization problem with respect to its parameters

### Course contribution towards the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard

This table depicts the relative contribution of this course towards the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard. Note that this illustration is indicative only, and may not take into account any recent changes to the course. You are advised to review the official course page on P&C for current information..

 1. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL BASE 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2. ENGINEERING APPLICATION ABILITY 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3. PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6

### Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard — summary

1. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL BASE
1.1Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
1.2Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.3In depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the engineering discipline.
2. ENGINEERING APPLICATION ABILITY
2.1Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3. PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
3.1Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
3.4Professional use and management of information.
3.5Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
3.6Effective team membership and team leadership.

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