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Machine Learning and Imaging Projects
Second title: MLIP
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5183-21-02-32There are 3 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 07/09/2021
PlaceUniversitetsparken 1
Universitetsparken 1, 2100 København Ø
Date and time21.09.2021, at: 09:00 - 24.11.2021, at: 16:00
Regular seats20
ECTS credits4.50
Contact personErik Bjørnager Dam    E-mail address: erikdam@diku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserErik Bjørnager Dam    E-mail address: erikdam@diku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockBlock 1
Exam formA report on an agreed topic followed by an oral presentation
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Exam re-examinationIf the student did not pass based on the written report and the oral defense, then the student has the possibility of resubmitting the report based on the feedback from the examination. The resubmitted report then has to be sufficiently elaborate by itself in order to pass the reevaluation.


With increasing interest in applying Machine Learning methods in different domains, this generic course provides a platform to develop and work on projects with the student’s own data using Machine Learning methods, with supervisory support from the course teachers. The data sources can range from pictures, scans, videos or graphs to tabulated measurements in text or digital formats; all related to some scientific investigation. Ideally, the size and complexity of the data is such that manual analysis is either tedious or not feasible to perform. Typical analysis within the scope of this course could be automated quantification of objects of interests in the data (for example, image analysis), or combining different types of data to address a common research question (like combining text and measurements), or building predictive models using Machine Learning. The course output will be a manuscript written like a research paper – that may ideally be submitted to a journal following the course. 

No later than a week prior to the course, the participants should submit a synopsis with a short draft description of their data and the desired outcome. This will allow us to consider plenum lectures on some specific analysis methods and to plan the project supervision.

Formel requirements

We invite PhD students from all SCIENCE departments, but some experience with programming is required. The number of participants is limited to 20. If the course is overbooked, priority will be given to students who previously followed another Data Science Lab course (Introduction to Python or R, Statistical Methods I, and particularly Machine Learning and Imaging Methods).

PhD students from outside UCPH SCIENCE are permitted for a fee, if seats are available.

Learning outcome

After course completion the students are expected to be able to:

- Describe the analysis methods used by others for similar problems.

- Describe relevant, alternative approaches for solving the problem.
- Develop/adapt/extend a computer-based software method for quantification and/or analysis of their own data. 


- Formulate scientific questions from their PhD project in terms of research hypotheses.
- Interpret the results of their computer-based analysis in relation to their PhD project.


This depends on the individual project.

For potential background literature, see the course pages for the Introduction to Python, Introduction to R, Statistical Methods for the Biosciences I, and particularly Machine Learning and Imaging Methods

Teaching and learning methods

The first few course days include traditional lectures. Following this, the majority of the work will be organized during individual supervision meetings with the course lecturers. The projects must result in research article style reports and be presented before the class at the concluding examination seminar. The projects may be done using software packages of the participant’s own choice. The lecturers have particular experience with the software frameworks Python and Matlab.


Erik B. Dam erikdam@diku.dk

Selvan Raghavendra  raghav@di.ku.dk


Course workload category


Course Preparation




Theory exercises


Project work







Activity Prices:

- Deltager/Participant from SCIENCE

0.00 kr.

- Deltager/Participant Others

5,400.00 kr.

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