Resurrecting the dead with deep learning

Recently, results of projects like and have shown how neural networks can generate remarkable text by being trained on corpora of literature, MIDI files, tweets etc.

In this talk, we will dive deep into character-level modelling based on recurrent neural networks using Keras with a TensorFlow backend. We will build multi-layer LSTMs and train it over a corpus of text to generate remarkable results. We will cover basic theory of neural networks, backpropagation, RNN/LSTMs, dataset preparation and training. I will explain how the network models a probability distribution to generate text character by character and also discuss hyper-parameter tuning (especially Softmax temperature) to control the output.

People have used these techniques to -

  1. Generate literature in the style of dead writers and poets like Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Robert Frost.
  2. Generate beautiful AI composed music inspired by the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach.
  3. Generate lyrics and rap by training on Lennon-McCartney & Hamilton songs respectively.

Sometimes when given a prompt, these networks can also effectively hallucinate text that the author of the input corpus might have said when given the same prompt. There will be live examples of the above and a few more interesting uses of this technique. Prior knowledge of linear algebra and a basic overview of machine learning is helpful but not necessary. I will also provide a Github repo with the code from the talk and provide links to trained models of the live examples for attendees to experiment with and build upon.

Day 1 (4th November) 11:50 AM - 12:20 PM
AC1 Lecture Hall LT-16
English (English Slides)
Prior knowledge of linear algebra and a basic overview of machine learning is helpful but not necessary.


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Aditthya Ramakrishnan

I have recently finished my bachelors degree at SRM University, India. I have previously spent a semester studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, interned at the MIT Media Lab, CMU-ISR and Wolfram Research. I have also started a student-run research lab at my university, mentoring and leading over 100 members working in fields like AI, AR/VR, IoT etc.

Nationality: India