The class requirements include five labs, and one final project. This is a PhD level course, and by the end of this class you should have a good understanding of efficient deep learning techniques, and be able to deploy large language models (LLMs) on your laptop.

The grading breakdown is as follows:

  • 5 Labs (15% x 5)
  • Final Project (25%)
    • Proposal (5%)
    • Presentation + Final Report (20%)
  • Participation Bonus (4%)

Note that this class does not have any tests or exams.


There will be 5 labs over the course of the semester.

  • Lab1: Pruning
  • Lab2: Quantization
  • Lab3: Neural architecture search
  • Lab4: LLM compression
  • Lab5: LLM deployment on laptop

Collaboration Policy

Labs must be done individually: each student must hand in their own answers. However, it is acceptable to collaborate when figuring out answers and to help each other solve the problems. We will be assuming that, as participants in a graduate course, you will be taking the responsibility to make sure you personally understand the solution arising from such collaboration. You also must indicate on each homework with whom you have collaborated.

Late Policy

You will be allowed 6 total homework late days without penalty for the entire semester. You may be late by up to 6 days on any homework assignment. Once those days are used, you will be penalized according to the following policy:

  • Homework is worth full credit at the due time on the due date.
  • The allowed late days are counted by day (i.e., each new late day starts at 11:59 pm ET).
  • Once the allowed late days are exceeded, the penalty is 50% per late day conted by day.
  • The homework is worth zero credit 2 days after exceeding the late day limit.

You must turn in at least 4 of the 5 assignments, even if for zero credit, in order to pass the course.

Regrade Policy

If you feel that we have made a mistake in grading your work, please submit a regrading request to TAs during the office hour and we will consider your request. Please note that regrading of a homework may cause your grade to go either up or down.

Final Project

The class project will be carried out in groups of 2 or 3 people, and has three main parts:

  • proposal: choose from a list of suggested projects, or propose your own project
  • oral presentation (~10 mins per group)
  • final report (4 pages, using the NeurIPS template)

Participation Bonus

We appreciate everyone being actively involved in the class! There are several ways of earning participation bonus credit, which will be capped at 4%:

  • Completing mid-semester evaluation: Around the middle of the semester, we will send out a survey to help us understand how the course is going, and how we can improve. Completing it is worth 1%.
  • Karma point: Any other act that improves the class, which a TA or instructor notices and deems worthy: 3%.