Deep Multi-task and Meta Learning


Stanford School of Engineering

Computer Science: Deep Multi-task and Meta Learning


Deep learning has achieved remarkable success in supervised and reinforcement learning problems including image classification, speech recognition, and game playing. These models are, however, to a large degree, specialized for the single task they are trained for. This course will cover the setting where there are multiple tasks to be solved. You will explore goal-conditioned reinforcement learning techniques that can increase learning speed of multiple tasks. You will discover how meta-learning methods can be used to learn new tasks quickly. You will learn how leverage the shared structure of a sequence of tasks to enable knowledge transfer. Through this course, you will develop and advance highly-sought after skills in the field of AI.

Please note: the course capacity is limited. To be considered for enrollment when the course is full, join the wait list and be sure to complete your NDO application. In the case that a spot becomes available, Student Services will contact you. Make sure you have submitted your NDO application and required documents to be considered.

What you will learn

  • How to understand and implement state-of-the-art multi-task learning
  • How to execute meta-learning algorithms
  • How to leverage the structure arising from multiple tasks to learn more efficiently or effectively
  • How to conduct research in these areas effectively


CS229 or equivalent. Familiarity with deep learning, reinforcement learning, and machine learning is assumed.

Topics include

  • Multi-Task Supervised Learning
  • Bayesian Models and Deep Probabilistic Meta-Learning Approaches
  • Model-Based Reinforcement Learning for Multi-Task Learning
  • Learning Optimizers, Learning Rules, and Architectures

Course Availability

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