AI for Software Engineers - Free Training Day - Registration on Eventbrite

Jun 30, 2017 · Cambridge, United States of America

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AI for Software Engineers

This is a day of free training for the Boston software engineering community to develop skills in using and applying machine learning often called the next platform. In addition to providing hands-on learning, the goal of bringing the community together is to stimulate more community engagement in the area of machine learning and artificial intelligence and prepare the community to apply the next platform. 


9:30 AM Doors Open

10:00 AM Welcome and state of adoption of AI and machine learning

               Steven Max Patterson

10:15 AM Mathematics of Deep Learning

              Alex Coventry Ph.D.

A brief introduction to some of the Math behind the spectacular gains of the last few years in designing and training neural nets for machine learning, inference and perception. This is focused on the theoretical insights behind the ideas in the "Deep Learning with Tensorflow" workshop, but it won't be necessary to understand it all to benefit from the workshop.

10:45 AM fastText Tutorial

              Edouard Grave Ph.D. 

fastText is an open source text classification library created by the Facebook Artificial Intelligence team.

The tutorial begins with with supervised text classification and steps through the tutorial giving the developer experience building a simple text classifier on a custom dataset. Then the tutorial leads the developer through tuning the model for the best performance. The tutorial then isis used to learn word representations from Wikipedia pages. The tutorial steps through simple ways to test the quality of a model. Queries return a word’s nearest neighbors or given a related pair example, analogies produce the most closely related words to a queried word including mispelled words and made-up words.

fastText is notable because it runs on any device, small memory devices like raspberry pis to GPU servers and it is available with pretrained vectors in 294 languages. Performance compares favorably to more complex neural network models.

12:15 PM Lunch 

1:00 PM Introduction to Deep Learning with Tensorflow

Alex Coventry 

From examples which everyone can test out during the lab, you’ll learn how you can repurpose Google- and Facebook-trained neural nets to your own projects, and tricks for designing and training nets which generalize well to previously unseen examples. For the sake of time we will have to focus on the linked examples, but bring and ask your questions about how it all works -- The purpose of this workshop is to get you up and running, and able to apply neural nets to your own projects. 


Steven Max Patterson

Steven is a project manager and journalist for IDG, as well as a contributor for Ars Technica and Fast Company. He co-organizes the Google Developer Group in Boston that informs the Boston developer community of new technologies, delivers skill-based learning, and provides a forum for developers to inform one another. 

Edouard Grave Ph.D.

Edouard is postdoctoral researcher at Facebook AI Research, working on machine learning and natural language processing. Before joining Facebook, he was a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University and UC Berkeley. He obtained his Ph.D. in computer science from Université Paris VI in 2014, working under the supervision of Francis Bach and Guillaume Obozinski.

Alex Coventry Ph.D.

Alex is researching stochastic optimization methods, similar to the reparameterization trick often used in Deep Learning. He runs the Cambridge AI meetup with Paul Miller, a group which meets weekly to discuss recent neural net developments and their implementations. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Math from MIT.

AI for Software Engineers is organized by Cambridge AI, the Google Developer Group and Mobile Tea. 

The day is sponsored by Akamai, Google and Facebook.

Note: Because our events are free some people register and do not attend, so we allow more people to register than we have seating room. Based on the success of past events, we have had on occassion more people arrive that we have seating and at some point we will have to limit the number of people admitted to comply with fire codes. Please arrive early to be certain there is a seat for you. 
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    Google Developers' Group Boston (formerly Boston GTUG). Bringing together experts, beginners and enthusiasts alike to meet and discuss a wide array of topics related to Google technologies and writing code that uses Google product APIs. We hold the occasional hackfest, and we get involved in Google developer challenge events. Follow us on Twitter (@BostonGDG) and add us on Google+ . Some of our talks will be posted as Hangout On Air videos to our G+ feed. We typically hold meetings in the offices of Google

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