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Building neural networks with Linux

This course is perfect for those wanting to make practical use of the world of possibilities opened by modern Artificial Intelligence evolutions.

The course starts by looking at the various Neural Network implementations and provides the minimal theoretical background needed to understand it. We look at implementation choices. We learn to use the most common implementations with Python and Keras. We use the Neural Compute stick with build in hardware accelerated Tensorflow network to implement in combination with a Raspberry Pi and a camera practical object recognition. We explore pre-build neural networks and learn how to build them. And apply our knowledge in a Data Science fashion too. Finally we look at limitations, debugging and topics of interest.

During this course all participants will have the opportunity to build and experiment with a multifunctional small-footprint embedded target with powerfull hardware optimised neural network capabilities. After the course, the participants can take the board with them to continue experimenting.


Momenteel zijn er voor deze cursus geen publieke sessies gepland. Graag organiseren we een bedrijfssessie voor u of een extra publieke sessie (bij voldoende belangstelling). Geïnteresseerd? Laat het ons weten.

Intended for

Everybody who is responsible for designing and building Artificial Intelligence Systems.


IT Background and general Linux skills and command line experience (see Linux/UNIX fundamentals). Python knowledge is not required, but can be helpful during the course (see Python fundamentals). Programming experience is however esential to better understand the concepts.

Main topics

  • Introduction

An in-depth look at Neural Networks and Python

An introduction to Neural Networks and neural network types

Convolutional Neural Networks

Python fundamentals

Set up of our development board: Raspberry Pi, Camera and Neural Compute Stick

  • Object Recognition

Implementation of object recognition with the Neural Compute Stick and Tensorflow

  • Sequential model and API, Compilation, trainig and layers with Keras

Multilayer Perceptron (MPL)

Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN)

Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN)

  • Using pre-trained neural networks


A practical look at using existing pre-trained neural networks

Implementation of a self-driving car platform

  • Neural Networks for Data Science


Example: Value Estimations

  • Limitations, debugging and Topics of interest

We make time to look at the practical challanges of the course participants.

Training method

Course/workshop: classical educations with practical exercises.

Course materials provided, complemented with 1 book: Tutorial: Building Neural Networks with Linux, by Jasper Nuyens a free ARM-based Embedded Linux board with camera and Intel NCSM2450.DK1 Movidius Neural Compute Stick and a small self-driving car platform.


5 days.

Course leader

Linux Belgium.