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Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence


“ We are now solving

problems with machine
learning and artificial
intelligence that were…
in the realm of science
fiction for the last several
decades. And natural
language understanding,
machine vision problems,


it really is an amazing
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
algorithms are transforming systems, experiences,
processes, and entire industries. It’s no wonder that
Jeff Bezos business leaders see these data-driven technologies
Founder, Amazon as fundamental for the future—and that practitioners
fluent in both fields are in high demand.

At Columbia Engineering, we are fascinated by their

world-changing potential, and we’ve created the
Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and
Artificial Intelligence, in partnership with EMERITUS,
to help students understand the fundamentals of AI
and machine learning and how to apply them to
solve complex, real-world problems.

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence


Columbia Engineering Executive Education is

Online collaboration
collaborating with online education provider EMERITUS
Institute of Management to offer a portfolio of
high-impact online courses. These courses leverage
Columbia’s thought leadership in management
Collaborative and
practice developed over years of research, teaching,
and practice.
engaging format
By collaborating with EMERITUS, we are able to
Live teaching, hands-on
broaden access beyond our on-campus offerings in a
collaborative and engaging format that stays true to
project-based learning
the quality of Columbia.

More than 10,000 students

EMERITUS’ approach to learning is formulated on a
cohort-based design to maximize peer-to-peer sharing
from over 120 countries have
and includes live teaching with world-class faculty and
hands-on project-based learning. In the last year, more
than 10,000 students from over 120 countries have
benefited professionally from EMERITUS.

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

About Columbia Engineering


Nobel Prizes in physics,
chemistry, medicine,
and economics
Columbia Engineering (Columbia University Fu Foundation School of
Engineering and Applied Science), is committed to pushing the frontiers
of knowledge and shaping discoveries to meet the needs of society.

These aspirations have been fundamental since its early origins in 1864
as a school devoted to metallurgy and mining.

Over the years, Columbia’s faculty and students have made remarkable
contributions that have spurred technological and social progress.
Today, Columbia carries the tradition of innovation as engineering transforms The year of origin,
nearly every aspect of life. we started pushing
the frontiers of
Faculty at Columbia Engineering have won 10 Nobel Prizes in physics, knowledge and
chemistry, medicine, and economics. shaping discoveries
to meet the needs of

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Program Faculty

John W. Paisley
Columbia University
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Affiliated Member, Data Sciences Institute
John has a PhD from Duke and has been a postdoctoral researcher in the
Computer Science departments at Princeton University and UC Berkeley.

John Paisley’s research focuses on developing models for large-scale text

and image processing applications. He is particularly interested in Bayesian
models and posterior inference techniques that address the big data problem.

Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi
Department of Computer Science,
Columbia University
Ansaf received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Orleans,

She was an Associate Research Scientist at the Columbia University’s Center

for Computational Learning Systems and served as an adjunct professor with
the Computer Science department and the Data Science Institute.

Ansaf’s research interests lie in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

She has done research on frequent patterns mining, rule learning, and action
recommendation and has worked on projects including geographic
information systems and machine learning for the power grid.

Her current research interest includes crowd sourcing, medical informatics

and education.

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Course Leaders

Carleton Smith | Course Leader, EMERITUS

Carleton Smith is a Data Science educator and practitioner in Chicago, IL. Carleton
has taught several data science courses at General Assembly and has served as
the Lead Data Science Instructor for a number of corporate training engagements.
Before becoming an instructor, Carleton worked on data projects in the finance,
health care, and medical research domains. Carleton has an MS in Predictive
Analytics from DePaul University and a BS in Entrepreneurship from Indiana
University’s Kelley School of Business.

James Faghmous | Course Leader, EMERITUS

James H. Faghmous is a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University where
he researches and mentors on applying artificial intelligence to emerging
population health problems.James received his PhD in computer science from the
University of Minnesota where his dissertation on AI and climate change received
the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in Science and Engineering.

Jacob Koehler | Course Leader, EMERITUS

Jacob is a mathematics educator, with a PhD in mathematics education from
Columbia University. Currently, he teaches mathematics and computing in the
Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The New School in
Manhattan, New York. He loves all kinds of problems in mathematics and
computing, but especially those dealing with Natural Language Processing and
pedagogical problems in the mathematics classroom.

David Yakobovitch | Course Leader, EMERITUS

David holds a B.S. in Finance, Information Systems and Statistics from the
University of Florida, has served as an AI Fellow, and is finishing his PhD in
Advanced Technology Research Methods at Capitol Technology University.
David is currently authoring "Applied Artificial Intelligence: Getting Started with AI
in Python" for Packt Publishing, and he is the host of the "HumAIn Podcast", a
speaker series that explores practical ways to bridge the gap between humans
and machines in the Age of Accelerated learning.

*Course Leaders are subject to change

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Program Highlights

This diploma program is designed to teach the

underlying concepts of AI and machine learning
and how they can be used to solve real-world Video Lectures
problems. Students will gain a deep knowledge
of the math of machine learning, including
relevant tools and languages and popular
algorithms and their applications. They’ll also
gain a better understanding of the principles and
practices of artificial intelligence (AI) and how to
put them to work, from the basics of heuristic Discussions
and uniformed search to adversarial search,
game creation and natural language processing.

Going beyond the theory, our approach invites

participants into a conversation, where learning
is facilitated by live subject matter experts and Assignments /
enriched by practitioners in the fields of machine
Application Projects
learning and artificial intelligence. We expect
learners would be required to put in 6-8 hours
per week.

Capstone Project

Live Online
Teaching Sessions

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

AI Solutions for Real-World Problems


Tools, languages and Principles and Hands-on project Advance your career
algorithms of techniques of experience in machine learning & AI
machine learning artificial intelligence

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence




Regression Clustering Methods

• Maximum Likelihood • K-Means Clustering
• Least Squares • E-M
• Regularization • Gaussian Mixtures

Bayesian Methods Recommendation Systems

• Bayes Rule • Collaborative Filtering
• MAP Inference • Topic Modeling
• Active Learning • PCA

Foundational Classification Algorithms Sequential Data Models

• Nearest Neighbors • Markov and Hidden Markov Models
• Perceptron • Kalman Filters
• Logistic Regression

Refinements to Classification Association Analysis

• Kernel Methods
• Gaussian Process
Clustering Methods - II
Intermediate Classification Algorithms • Model Comparisons
• SVM • Analysis Considerations
• Trees
• Forests and Boosting

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence


Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

• Overview of AI
• Applications of AI
• AI Foundation and History

Intelligent Agents and Uninformed Search

• Intelligent Agents
• Search Agents
• Uninformed Search
• Uninformed Search Examples

Heuristic Search
• Heuristics and Greedy Search Algorithm
• A* Search and Optimality
• Search Algorithms Recap
• Local Search

Adversarial Search and Games

• Adversarial Search and Games
• Minimax Algorithm
• Alpha-Beta Pruning
• Stochastic Games

Constraint Satisfaction Problems

• Constraint Satisfaction Problems
• Cryptarithmetic Puzzle
• Backtracking
• Constraint Propagation
• Problem Structure

Reinforcement Learning
• Reinforcement Learning Introduction
• Reinforcement Learning Overview
• Markov Decision Process (MDP)
• Example of an MDP and Bellman Equations

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

• Value Function - Matrix Notation

• Finding Optimal Policy in MDPs - Iterative Methods
• Policy Iteration Method Example
• Value Iteration Method
• Reinforcement Learning - Algorithms

Logical Agents
• Knowledge-Based Agents
• The Wumpus World
• Logical Agent
• Inference Rules
• Reduced Wumpus World
• Model Checking and Inference
• Theorem Proving and Proof by Resolution
• Conversion to CNF and Resolution Algorithm
• Forward and Backward Chaining
• Propositional Logic: Summary
• First Order Logic

AI applications: Natural Language Processing

• AI Applications: Natural Language Processing
• Text Classification
• Language Models
• Progress in NLP

AI Applications and Course Review

• Deep Learning: Background and History
• Deep Learning: Architecture and Application
• Introduction to Robotics
• Robot Path Planning - Visibility Graphs
• Voronoi Graphs and Potential Fields
• Probabilistic Roadmap Planner (PRM)
• Rapidly-Exploring Random Tress (RRT) and Path Planning Summary


Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Application Assignments

The course requires learners to work on application assignments, which require learners to apply the
concepts they have learned to datasets and derive inferences. These assignments are intentionally made to
be challenging and we expect learners to spend substantial time and effort solving them. At the end of the
course, we expect learners to be able to apply the concepts to solve many of the business problems they
face at their workplace.

Movie Recommendation Engine

You will build a movie recommendation engine by applying collaborative filtering and
topic modelling techniques. You use a dataset which contains 20 million viewer
ratings of 27,000 movies.

House Price Prediction

You will write code to predict house prices based on several parameters available in
the Ames City dataset compiled by Dean De Cock using least squares linear regression
and Bayesian linear regression.

Human Activity Recognition

You will predict the human activity (walking, sitting, standing) that corresponds to the
accelerometer and gyroscope measurements by applying the nearest neighbours

Credit Card Fraud Detection

You will detect potential frauds using credit card transaction data. You will apply the
random forest method to identify fraudulent transactions.

Market Segmentation
You will create market segments using the US Census dataset and by applying the
k-means clustering method.

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Search Algorithms
Apply advanced search techniques from Grid Search and Random Search to A* to
identify parameters appropriate

Adversarial Search and Games

Apply decision making across voting election data (online voting data for US elections)

Machine Learning
Apply the Data Science workflow to a classic e-commerce dataset to predict retention
and customer sales over time (Amazon sales dataset)

Constraint Satisfaction Problems

Implement constraint optimization techniques in TensorFlow for Loan Approvals

Reinforcement Learning
Apply OpenAI Gym, TensorFlow, and PyTorch to train systems such as Stanford
Question Answering Dataset

Natural Language Processing

Explore text analysis, text mining, sentiment analysis with classic text data sets
(i.e. Twitter, Yelp, Wikipedia) and packages such as SpaCy and NLTK

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Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

The Learning Experience

The program is spread over 36 weeks and consists of Video Lectures, Assignments/Application
Projects, Discussions, and a Capstone Project.

The first week is orientation week. During this week you will be introduced to the other
participants in the class from across the world and you will learn how to use the learning
management system and other learning tools provided.

Goal Setting
On other weeks, you have learning goals set for the week. The goals would including watching
the video lectures and completing the assignments. All assignments have weekly deadlines.

Video Lectures
The recorded video lectures are by John W. Paisley, Columbia University Associate Professor,
Electrical Engineering, Affiliated Member, Data Sciences Institute and by Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi,
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University.

Live Webinars
Every few weeks, there are live webinars conducted by EMERITUS Course Leaders. Course
Leaders are highly-experienced industry practitioners who contextualize the video lectures
and assist with questions you may have regarding your assignments. Live webinars are
usually conducted between 1 pm and 3 pm UTC on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Clarifying Information
In addition to the live webinars, the course leaders also conduct Office Hours every week or
every alternate week to help participants clear up any ambiguities pertaining to the content.

EMERITUS Program support team follow-up over email and phone calls with learners who are
unable to submit their assignments on time.

Continuous Course Access

You will continue to have access to the course videos and learning material for up to 12
months from the course start date.

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence


Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a verified digital diploma
from EMERITUS in collaboration with Columbia Engineering Executive Education.






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Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Participant Profile


Our participants demonstrate the following qualities:

Leadership initiative - going beyond their defined scope of work

An ability to “make things happen;” strong execution skills
A visionary with desire to shape the future
Multicultural experience and sensitivity
Ambitious and passionate learner
At least three years of professional experience

The course requires an undergraduate knowledge of statistics,
(descriptive statistics, regression, sampling distributions, hypothesis
testing, interval estimation, etc.) calculus, linear algebra (vectors,
matrices, derivatives), and probability.

You should be comfortable with Python or any other programming

language. All assignments/application projects will be done using the
Python programming language with one or more of the following
packages: pandas, NumPy, Matplotlib, seaborn, scikit-learn, PyMC3,

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Admission & Fees

Applicants will be required to:

Submit a completed Application Form

Submit a current resume
Submit proof of diploma/degree in any field of study (highest qualification should be submitted)
Have completed 21 years of age on or before start of the program
All candidates who have received their bachelor’s or other degree or diploma from an education
institution where English is NOT the primary language of instruction are required to demonstrate
English language proficiency through ANY ONE of the following methods
Obtain a TOEFL minimum score of 550 for the paper based test or its equivalent
Obtain an IELTS minimum score of 6.0
Obtain a Pearson Versant Test minimum score of 59
Obtain a Certificate of Completion for a Certificate course offered by the EMERITUS Institute of Management
Submit a document which shows that the candidate has, for the last 24 months or more, worked in ANY ONE
of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica,
Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia,
St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America

9 Months, Online

USD 3,000 (payable in 2 equal installments)
Application Fee: (Non-Refundable) USD 50
Note: Singapore residents who wish to enroll for this course will be charged GST.


26 March 2019

28 March 2019

Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Benefits to The Learner

Deepen Your Intellectual Capital Manage Your Brand Capital

World-class curriculum & teaching by A global education on your resume

faculty from Columbia Engineering
Executive Education Top 10 percent of the class receive their
diploma as “Global IVY Scholars”
Selective entrance criterion ensures you
learn with the best

Enhance Your Social Capital Enhance Your Career Capital

Make new, life-long connections with Learn while you earn
experienced business people from a wide
variety of cultures, industries and Get noticed. Get ahead.
Understand how to manage your career
Inclusion in the EMERITUS Network and personal brand

Invitations to EMERITUS Network events

globally including career panels, CXO
speaker series, and industry interactions


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