6.881 Tissue vs Silicon in Machine Learning


Graduate Level - AAGS
Units 3-0-9
Prereqs:  none
Instructor:  Prof. Nir Shavit (shanir@csail.mit.edu)
Schedule:  W11-2, room 3-442
This subject qualifies as an Artificial Intelligence concentration subject. Studies the relation between machine learning and neural tissue, the models and computational approaches of each and what can be deduced from one about the other. Topics will include biological constructs such as neurons, connectome graphs, scaling in neural tissue, associative memory, and pruning, versus neural network training and inference hardware and software designs, scaling laws, and optimization techniques.