The National Competence Centers in HPC of the Czech Republic and Turkey are inviting you to the jointly developed training: Mastering Transformers: From Building Blocks to Real-World Applications. 


For the past five years, the amount of transformer-based architectures has grown significantly and continues to dominate the deep learning domain. They can be considered another leap innovation that further pushes the boundaries in deep neural network performance and scalability. They have been demonstrated with the most significant models using over half a trillion parameters and scaled up to thousands of GPUs.

In this course, participants learn the building blocks of transformer architectures to apply them to their projects. These novel methods will be differentiated against existing methods, showing their advantages and disadvantages. Different hands-on exercises give the participants room to explore how the transformers work in various fields of application.






12:30 - 16:30 CET 

1:30- 5:30 PM GMT+3

1st half-day: Introduction to Transformers

  • Introduction and history 
  • DNN building blocks 
  • Advantages of Transformers 
  • Hands-On with PyTorch 
  • Machine Learning Lifecycle 
  • Q&A


2nd half-day: Transformers for Natural Language Processing (NLP)

  • Introduction to language models 
  • NLP Applications 
  • Hands-On: Build a simple transformer task 
  • Hands-On: Use (pre-trained) NLP models 
  • Q&A


3rd half-day: Transformers in action and their applications in other domains

  • Transformers in other domains 
  • Deployment 
  • Optimizations 
  • Multi-GPU/-node with PyTorch DDP 
  • Q&A



Tugba Taskaya Temizel is a Professor in the Data Informatics Department at the Graduate School of Informatics of Middle East Technical University (METU). She finished her Ph.D. studies in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey in 2006. She is the coordinator of METU IS Data Mining Research Lab. She is also the NVIDIA DLI Certified Instructor and DLI University Ambassador. She is certified to teach “Fundamentals of Computer Vision (CV) 2.0”, “Fundamentals of Multiple Data Types (MDT)”, “Fundamentals of Natural Language Processing (NLP)”; and “Building Transformer-Based Natural Language Processing Applications”. She was on sabbatical leave at the University of Birmingham, UK, between 2016 and 2017. Her research interests are deep learning, natural language processing, social media analytics, and data & information quality. 

Alptekin Temizel is a Professor at the Graduate School of Informatics at the Middle East Technical University (METU). He obtained his Ph.D. from the Center for Vision, Speech, and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey in 2006. He is an Executive Board Member of the Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Center of Excellence and the METU Center for Image Analysis. He is the Principal Investigator of the Deep Learning and Computer Vision Research Lab and a Deep Learning Institute Certified Instructor and University Ambassador. Dr. Temizel frequently collaborates with and advises various companies. He was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft MLDC-Lisbon during the summers of 2014 and 2015 and was on sabbatical leave at the University of Birmingham, UK, from 2016-2017. His primary research interests include computer vision, machine learning, deep learning, and GPU computing and optimisation.

Georg Zitzlsberger is a research specialist for Machine and Deep Learning at IT4Innovations. For over four years, NVIDIA has certified him as a University Ambassador of the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) program. This certification allows him to offer NVIDIA DLI courses to users of IT4Innovations' HPC services. In addition, in collaboration with Bayncore, he was a trainer for Intel HPC and AI workshops and conferences across Europe. He has contributed to these events for audiences from industry and academia for five years. Recently, he also received instructor certifications from Intel for oneAPI-related courses.





This event was supported by the EuroCC project. This project has received funding from the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 951732. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Republic of North Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro. This project has received funding from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (ID:MC2101).

This course was supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic through the e-INFRA CZ (ID:90254).


This course is provided free of charge.

Please note that the training is held using Zoom. We advise all participants to download the Zoom application to enjoy full functionality. 

Only registered participants will receive the Zoom link.


Please note the time zones the course is held:

Sept 11-13, 2023 12:30 - 16:30 PM CET Prague Czech Republic

Sept 11-13, 2023 13:30 - 17:30 PM GMT+3 Ankara Turkey


Registration for this event is currently open.