ECE 6730 Advanced Neural Networks

Spring 2020
updated 2 January 2020

The online version of this syllabus at has hyperlinks and will be updated as needed

Dr. Damon A. Miller, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western Michigan University, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Floyd Hall, Room A-240, 269.276.3158, 269.276.3151 (fax),,

Office Hours
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WMU Catalog Description

ECE 6730 Artificial Neural Networks, 3 hrs. Advanced topics in biological and artificial neural networks from an electrical and computer engineering perspective. Modeling, simulation, and implementation of neural networks. Information theory and knowledge representation. Adaptation and learning. Review of current research.


NOTE:  ECE 6730 will focus on research topics selected by students and approved by Dr. Miller this semester.


Textbook and Materials: TBD

Course Policies

Academic Honesty


“Students are responsible for making themselves aware of and understanding the University policies and procedures that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. The academic policies addressing Student Rights and Responsibilities can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog at and the Graduate Catalog at If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s) and if you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.

Students and instructors are responsible for making themselves aware of and abiding by the “Western Michigan University Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Policy and Procedures” related to prohibited sexual misconduct under Title IX, the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)and Campus Safe. Under this policy, responsible employees (including instructors) are required to report claims of sexual misconduct to the Title IX

Coordinator or designee (located in the Office of Institutional Equity). Responsible employees are not confidential resources. For a complete list of resources and more information about the policy see

In addition, students are encouraged to access the Code of Conduct, as well as resources and general academic policies on such issues as diversity, religious observance, and student disabilities:

·        Office of Student Conduct

·        Division of Student Affairs

·        Registrar’s Office

·        Disability Services for Students”

— provided by the WMU Faculty Senate Professional Concerns Committee



For an in-depth exploration of plagiarism, see

Grading Basis

Projects (100%) will be assigned on a regular basis.  LATE PROJECTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND ARE DUE AS INDICATED. All projects are to be completed individually.  Projects may include/consist of a series of homework style problems. Use the prescribed homework format for those problems. Be sure to follow the guidelines for computer assignments. OUTSTANDING WORK might earn extra credit.

Scale: 0-60 E | 60-65 D | 65-70 DC | 70-75 C | 75-80 CB | 80-85 B | 85-90 BA | 90-100 A |

HOMEWORK contributes to the project grade category. Each homework problem must be worked on separate page(s).  LATE HOMEWORK will not be accepted, except under extraordinary circumstances. Homework is to be completed individually.


Homework should normally be done on 8 1/2'' by 11'' sheets. “Engineer's Pad” sheets are preferred.  Solutions must be done in a neat, structured, logical, and orderly manner with frequent brief notations enabling the grader to readily verify the author's source of information, steps taken, sources of formulas, equations, and methods used. USE THE PARTIAL CHECK LIST FOR SUBMITTED HOMEWORK BELOW.  Papers failing to meet these guidelines may not be graded and may be returned, with or without an opportunity for resubmission with a penalty.




1.      Each problem must include: (a) author's name, (b) name/title of the assignment, and (c) date of completion.

2.      Use only one side of the paper and include a brief and concise statement of the problem prior to its solution. Begin each problem on a new page.

3.      Number the pages and DOUBLE SPACE the text.

4.      Staple each problem in the upper left corner as needed.

5.      Entitle graphs, label and include axes, include key symbols for multiple curve graphs, and give brief notes of explanation where appropriate.

6.      Briefly but clearly annotate your document in a way which will provide the document reader with information such as

a.      which part of the assignment is this?

b.      what is being done and why?

c.      how was it done and what are the results?

d.      how was this equation obtained and how was it used?

e.      sample calculations and definitions of symbols/parameters where appropriate; and



Adapted/adopted in part from syllabi by J. Gesink and J. Kelemen.