# Related Fields

## Related Fields

**Please note:** „Related fields“ cannot be chosen as one of the major topics. Modules from this topic can only be chosen within the 15 „free“ ECTS (see overview).

### Regular courses

These modules are offered for *„*Related Field“ on a regular basis. *„*Related fields“ comprises modules which are not exactly from the area of optics or optical technologies, but help to understand the more specific modules belonging to the other seven topics.

**Please note:** Each module usually corresponds to a single course with the same title. In a few cases, a module is linked to two courses which will then have different title.

#### Summer term

## Deep Learning

**Prof. Dr. Maier, 5 ECTS**

*(this module is also offered in winter term)*

Deep Learning (DL) has attracted much interest in a wide range of applications such as image recognition, speech recognition and artificial intelligence, both from academia and industry. This module introduces the core elements of neural networks and deep learning, it comprises:

- (multilayer) perceptron, backpropagation, fully connected neural networks
- loss functions and optimization strategies
- convolutional neural networks (CNNs)
- activation functions
- regularization strategies
- common practices for training and evaluating neural networks
- visualization of networks and results
- common architectures, such as LeNet, Alexnet, VGG, GoogleNet
- recurrent neural networks (RNN, TBPTT, LSTM, GRU)
- deep reinforcement learning
- unsupervised learning (autoencoder, RBM, DBM, VAE)
- generative adversarial networks (GANs)
- weakly supervised learning
- applications of deep learning (segmentation, object detection, speech recognition, …)

The accompanying exercises will provide a deeper understanding of the workings and architecture of neural networks.

## Introduction to Machine Learning

**Dr. Christlein, Prof. Dr. Maier, 5 ECTS**

A pattern recognition system consists of the following steps: sensor data acquisition, pre-processing, feature extraction, and classification/machine learning. This module focuses mainly on the first three steps and is the basis of our master courses (Pattern Recognition and Pattern Analysis).

The goal of this module is to familiarize the students with the overall pipeline of a pattern recognition system. The various steps involved from data capture to pattern classification are presented. The lectures start with a short introduction, where the nomenclature is defined. Analog-to-digital conversion is discussed with a focus on how it impacts further signal analysis. Commonly used preprocessing methods are then described. A key component of pattern recognition is feature extraction. Thus, several techniques for feature computation will be presented including Walsh transform, Haar transform, linear predictive coding (LPC), wavelets, moments, principal component analysis (PCA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA). The lectures conclude with a basic introduction to classification. The principles of statistical, distribution-free and non-parametric classification approaches will be presented. Within this context we will cover Bayesian and Gaussian classifiers.

## Machine Learning for Engineers I: Introduction to Methods and Tools

**Prof. Dr. Eskofier, 5 ECTS**

*(this module is also offered in winter term)*

This module offers an overview of some of the most widely used machine learning (ML) methods that are required for solving data science problems. We present the necessary fundamental for each topic and provide programming exercises.

The course includes:

1) The common practices for data preGprocessing.

2) Teaching different tasks regarding regression, classification, and dimensionality reduction using methods including but not limited to linear regression and classification, Support vector machines and Deep neural networks.

3) Introduction to Python programming for data science.

4) Applying machine learning models on real world engineering applications.

## Machine Learning for Engineers II: Advanced Methods

**Prof. Dr. Eskofier, 5 ECTS**

*(this module is also offered in winter term)*

This module focuses on various aspects of Deep Learning. Theoretical foundations and general concepts are introduced in the first part, while the second part focuses on specific networks used in image analysis as well as time-series analysis, two common tasks in engineering applications. The list of topics covered includes:

- Network optimization
- Regularization
- Convolutional neural networks
- Reccurent neural networks

In the integrated lab sessions, the students will tackle an image classification problem as well as a time-series regression problem using industrial datasets.

## Cognitive Neuroscience for AI Developers

**Prof. Dr. Eskofier, 5 ECTS**

(this module is also offered in winter term)

Neuroscience has played a key role in the history of artificial intelligence (AI), and has been an inspiration for building human-like AI, i.e. to design AI systems that emulate human intelligence.

Neuroscience provides a vast number of methods to decipher the representational and computational principles of biological neural networks, which can in turn be used to understand artificial neural networks and help to solve the so called black box problem. This endeavour is called neuroscience 2.0 or machine behaviour. In addition, transferring design and processing principles from biology to computer science promises novel solutions for contemporary challenges in the field of machine learning. This research direction is called neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence.

The course will cover the most important works which provide the cornerstone knowledge to understand the biological foundations of cognition and AI, and applications in the areas of AI-based modelling of brain function, neuroscience-inspired AI and reverse-engineering of artificial neural networks.

## Advanced experimental physics: Solid state physics

**N.N., 10 ECTS**

- Crystal structures
- Structure determination
- Vibrational properties
- Electronic structure
- Electronic transport
- Dielectric and optical properties
- Magnetism
- Superconductivity

## Advanced theoretical physics: Solid state physics

**N.N., 10 ECTS**

**Structure of solids:**Bravais lattices, reciprocal lattice, Brillouin zone**The solid as a many-body problem:**Hamiltonian of a solid, electron-electron interaction, electron-ion interaction, separation of electronic and ionic motion (Born-Oppenheimer approximation), types of bonding**Lattice dynamics: Phonons:**Harmonic approximation, classical solution, dispersion relation, acoustic and optical modes, Debye and Einstein model, quantum theory of lattice vibrations, phonons, density of states, van Hove singularities, thermal properties, anharmonic effects**Electrons in a periodic potential:**Bloch theorem, band structure, nearly free electrons, tight-binding method, Wannier functions, metals, insulators, semiconductors, density of states, Fermi surface, quantum statistics, thermal properties, Fermi distribution**Electron-electron interaction:**Hartree-Fock method, density functional theory, homogeneous electron gas

#### Winter term

## Advanced theoretical physics: Advanced quantum mechanics

**N.N., 10 ECTS**

The course covers an introduction to quantum field theory. The following main topics will be discussed in the lecture:

- Motivation Quantum Field Theory
- Classical Field Theory (Hamiltonian, Lagrange formalism for classical field theories)
- Relativistic Quantum Mechanics (Klein-Gordon and Dirac equation)
- Representation Theory Lorentz- und Poincare-Groups (finite dimensional scalar- , vector, tensor and spinor representations of the Lorentz group, infinite dimensional representations: field representations, finite and infinite dimensional representation of the Poincare group)
- Quantisation of Free Fields (multi particle states, Fock space, canonical quantisation of scalar, vector and spinor fields)
- Quantisation of Interacting Field Theories (interaction picture, Dyson series, perturbation theory, S-matrix, Feynman rules, Higgs Mechanism)

## Advanced experimental physics: Particle and astroparticle physics

**N.N., 5 ECTS**

- Introduction: particle zoo, interactions and exchange particles, relativistic kinematics, Feynman diagrams
- Covariant description of relativistic particles: Klein-Gordon equation, crossing symmetry, invariant amplitude and cross section, Fermi’s Golden Rule
- Quantum electrodynamics of spin-less particles: covariant electrodynamics, photon propagator, Feynman rules, scattering cross section
- Quantum electrodynamics of spin-1/2 particles: Dirac equation, electron-muon scattering cross section, helicity conservation, electron-positron scattering
- Weak Interactions: charged-current interactions, V-A structure, parity violation, quark couplings and CP violation
- Physics of massive neutrinos: neutrino oscillations, mass hierarchy, double beta decay
- Towards the Standard Model of Particle Physics: neutral current interactions, weak isospin and hypercharge, electroweak unification
- The Higgs mechanism: gauge invariance, spontaneous symmetry breaking, Higgs couplings, Higgs production and decay
- Beyond the Standard Model: introduction to supersymmetry, Dark Matter

## Functional Analysis for Engineers

**Prof. Pflaum, 5 ECTS**

### Further courses

Theses modules were given irregularly during the previous semesters and might be offered again, but there is no guarantee.

## Machine Learning for Physicists

**Prof. Dr. F. Marquardt, 5 ECTS**

This is a course introducing modern techniques of machine learning, especially deep neural networks, to an audience of physicists. Neural networks can be trained to perform diverse challenging tasks, including image recognition and natural language processing, just by training them on many examples. Neural networks have recently achieved spectacular successes, with their performance often surpassing humans. They are now also being considered more and more for applications in physics, ranging from predictions of material properties to analyzing phase transitions. We will cover the basics of neural networks, convolutional networks, autoencoders, restricted Boltzmann machines, and recurrent neural networks, as well as the recently emerging applications in physics. Prerequisites: almost none, except for matrix multiplication and the chain rule.

## Methods of data analysis

**Prof. Dr. Nelles, 5 ECTS**

The lectures provide an overview of the most important methods for the statistical evaluation of measured data. It lays the foundation for bachelor and master theses in experimental physics. In the first part of the lectures we will deal with the basics of statistics and probability theory. The second part of the lectures provides an introduction to measurement error and error calculation, parameter estimates and confidence intervals. For some of the exercises we will use computer (python language), which will be useful for the data analysis in the context of a Bachelor / Master thesis.

The topics will include:

Part I. Probability and statistics

- Introduction to statistics and probability theory
- Special distibutions: Gaussian, Poisson, Multinomial
- Parameter estimators of the distribution (mean, variance, bias etc.)
- Multi-dimensional distributions
- Random sampling

Part II. Statistical interpretation of measurements

- Least squared method
- Chi2 fitting
- Maximal likelihood
- Bayesian statistics
- Estimation of confidence intervals
- Binned and unbinned analysis