Learn how to apply AI tools, techniques and algorithms to real-life problems.
You will study the core concepts of Deep Neural Networks, how to build Deep Learning models as well as how to measure and improve the accuracy of your models. You will also learn essential data pre-processing techniques to ensure a robust Machine Learning pipeline. 
The Bootcamp is a hands-on learning experience where you will be guided through step-by-step instructions with teaching assistants on hand to help throughout.

Event Format 

The bootcamp will be hosted online in the British Summer time zone. All communication will be done through Zoom, Slack and email. 


Basic experience with Python. No GPU programming or AI knowledge is required. Participants will receive acceptance email a week before the event.


Day 1 (Intro): March 29, 2021

  • Welcome (Moderator): 9:00 AM BST
  • Connecting to a cluster: 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM BST
  • Introduction to GPU computing: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM BST (Lecture)
  • Introduction to AI: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM BST (Lecture)
  • CNN Primer and Keras 101: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM BST (Lecture and Lab)

Day 2 (Advanced): March 30, 2021

  • Tropical cycle detection: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM BST (Lab + Challenge)
  • Break 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM BST
  • Steady Flow Estimation 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM BST (Challenge) 

Compute Resources 

            Participants from UCL will have access to Myriad which is UCL's high capacity cluster with 24 GPUs (20 V100s and 2P100s).

            Participants from DiRAC will have access to 32 V-100 GPUs from our Edinburgh University host site and 100 P-100 GPUs from our Cambridge University host site



The Bootcamp is co-hosted by the Research Computing , Research Software Development  and AI Studio groups in UCL Research IT Services.
UCL RITS provides High Performance Computing and Software Development expertise & services to researchers across UCL.


The Bootcamp is co-hosted by the DiRAC Supercomputing facility. DiRAC Services support a significant portion of STFC’s science programme, providing simulation and data modelling resources for the UK Frontier Science theory community in Particle Physics, astroparticle physics, Astrophysics, cosmology, solar system & planetary science and Nuclear physics.

Event Focus

Important Event Dates

  • Application Deadline
  • UCL RITS & DiRAC AI Bootcamp Day 1
  • UCL RITS & DiRAC AI Bootcamp Day 2