Sep 9–12, 2019

Unlocking the next stage in computer vision with deep neural networks

Josh Weisberg (Zillow Group)
11:05am11:45am Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: LL21 C/D

Who is this presentation for?

  • Data scientists
  • Professionals with a strong understanding of AI who can engage in conversation around this topic and implement these techniques within their organizations

Level

Intermediate

Description

One major end goal of artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies has always been to mimic how the human brain processes and interprets data through the senses. While much work remains to realize that goal, we’re starting to see real and meaningful progress toward this vision. These tools now enable machines to recreate how the human brain interprets images—essentially giving computers eyes and the ability to see. This concept has major implications for businesses that need to extract meaning from overwhelming quantities of unstructured data, like digital images.

Data scientists at Zillow Group are leveraging computer vision-based in deep neural networks to test new ways to estimate a home’s value based on specific image criteria. They’re training their solutions to interpret home attributes—from hardwood floors to granite countertops—to help infer the value of a home.

This technology is in its infancy. The organizations that use it most effectively will be those who know which questions to ask and what challenges to solve first. Josh walks you through the core problems within deep neural networks that his team is working to solve and how organizations can begin to experiment with its capabilities.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • An intermediate knowledge of artificial intelligence and deep learning techniques

What you'll learn

  • Understand how Zillow Group uses deep neural networks to build the most accurate system for evaluating homes
  • See the opportunities and limitations within deep neural networks, as well as various use cases for the technology
  • Learn which challenges to overcome and what the future holds for this technology
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Josh Weisberg

Zillow Group

Josh Weisberg is a senior director on the 3D and computer vision team for Zillow Group. Previously, he led the AI camera and computational photography team at Microsoft Research, spent several years at Apple, and four early-stage startups. He’s written four books on imaging and color. Josh studied digital imaging at the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of San Francisco.

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