Introduction to Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) and their Applications

Date: 15th, 16th, 17th October 2024, Time: 9:00-12:00 each day

Location: Seminar room 1.65, Center for Molecular Neurobiology Hamburg (ZMNH), Falkenried 94, 20251 HH

Lecturer: Dr. Fatemeh Hadäghi, Institute of Computational Neuroscience, UKE

Language: English

Prerequisites: A basic understanding of neural networks and machine learning concepts is expected as well as a familiarity with Python and basic programming skills.

Description: This workshop is open to students, researchers, and clinicians wanting to learn about recurrent neural networks (RNNs) and their applications in biomedical signal processing. RNNs are vital tools in the field of neural networks, especially known for their capability to manage sequential data. This workshop will provide an accessible introduction to RNNs, concentrating on their core concepts and various applications. We will explore how RNNs excel at capturing temporal dependencies through their unique recurrent connections, making them highly effective for a variety of tasks. Participants can expect to achieve a solid understanding of the basic principles and architecture of RNNs as well as the ability to identify suitable applications for RNNs and implement basic RNN models. The workshop will be in presence and therefore each participant should bring their own laptop (no ipads).


● Overview of RNN fundamentals and how they differ from other neural networks
● Key applications of RNNs in biomedical signal processing
● Reservoir computing (RC)
● Hands-on exercises and examples to illustrate RNN implementation and usage