ECE398BD: Making Sense of Big Data (Fall 2017)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lectures: 3:30 PM -4:50 PM TR, 2017 ECE Building (Tuesdays will have a 20 minute quiz at the end)
Laboratory: 4:00 PM -6:50 PM W, 2022 ECE Building

Instructors: Prof. Yoram Bresler, Prof. Lav R. Varshney, Prof. Pramod Viswanath

[syllabus] [piazza] [grades]


Big Data is all around us. Petabytes of data is collected by Google and Facebook. 24 hours of video is uploaded on Youtube every minute. Making sense of all this data in the relevant context is a critical question. This course takes a holistic view towards understanding how this data is collected, represented and stored, retrieved and computed/analyzed upon to finally arrive at appropriate outcomes for the underlying context. The course is divided into three parts, with the first part focusing on foundations of machine learning, and the remaining two on specific application areas.

  • Fundamentals of Machine Learning (Instructor: Y. Bresler, TA: G. Rovatsos)

  • Computational Social Science (Instructor: L. R. Varshney, TA: V. Subramanian)

  • Network Analytics (Instructor: P. Viswanath, TAs: J. Mu)

Further descriptions of these areas are given in the Syllabus.

This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TA, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email

Find our class page at [piazza].