An online machine learning course for students to learn about bandit algorithms has been announced by IIT Bombay. On the SWAYAM NPTEL platform, the course is called Bandit Algorithm (Online Machine Learning). Participants who wish to receive a certificate must pay Rs. 1,000 and pass an in-person examination at NPTEL centers, despite the course’s free enrollment and learning opportunities.
The course is being led by IIT Bombay teacher Manjesh K Hanawal, who has a MS degree in gadgets and correspondence designing from the Indian Establishment of Science, Bangalore and PhD degree from INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France, and the College of Avignon, France. Additionally, he has been honored with SERB’s Early Career Research Award and DST’s Inspire Faculty Award.
Bandit algorithms that strike a good balance between exploration and exploitation in a variety of random environments will be taught to course enrollees. Some of the topics that will be covered are:
- Introduction to stochastic setting and various regret notions.
- Algorithms for pure explorations.
- Introduction to bandit algorithms.
- Regret lower bounds for adversarial setting.
- Stochastic bandit algorithms.
- Adversarial setting with full information and bandit information.
The course will be conducted from 24 July to 13 October 2023. The last date to enroll is 31 July 2023. The course also carries 3 credit points, which students can submit in their respective colleges. The examination to obtain the course certificate will be taken on 28 October 2023.
While the course is open to anyone interested, it is most suitable for postgraduate students from streams such as computer science, electrical engineering, operations research, mathematics, and statistics. Participants must have knowledge of the basics of probability theory and optimization.