Sep 9–12, 2019

Schedule: Deep Learning tools sessions

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9:00am - 5:00pm Monday, September 9 & Tuesday, September 10
Location: Market (Hilton)
Robert Schroll (The Data Incubator)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
The TensorFlow library provides computational graphs with automatic parallelization across resources, ideal architecture for implementing neural networks. Robert Schroll walks you through TensorFlow's capabilities in Python from building machine learning algorithms piece by piece to using the Keras API provided by TensorFlow with several hands-on applications. Read more.
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9:00am - 5:00pm Monday, September 9 & Tuesday, September 10
Location: 112
Rich Ott (The Data Incubator)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
PyTorch is a machine learning library for Python that allows you to build deep neural networks with great flexibility. Its easy-to-use API and seamless use of GPUs make it a sought-after tool for deep learning. Get the knowledge you need to build deep learning models using real-world datasets and PyTorch with Rich Ott. Read more.
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9:00am - 5:00pm Monday, September 9 & Tuesday, September 10
Location: 114
Wenming Ye (Amazon Web Services), Miro Enev (NVIDIA), Mahendra Bairag (Amazon Web Services)
Machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) projects are becoming increasingly common at enterprises and startups alike and have been a key innovation engine for Amazon businesses such as Go, Alexa, and Robotics. Wenming Ye, Miro Enev, and Mahendra Bairag detail a practical next step in DL learning with instructions, demos, and hands-on labs. Read more.
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9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Location: 231
Skyler Thomas (MapR)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
The popular open source Kubeflow project is one of the best ways to start doing machine learning and AI on top of Kubernetes. However, Kubeflow is a huge project with dozens of large complex components. Skyler Thomas dives into the Kubeflow components and how they interact with Kubernetes. He explores the machine learning lifecycle from model training to model serving. Read more.
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9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Location: Almaden Ballroom (Hilton)
Jason Dai (Intel), Yuhao Yang (Intel), Jiao(Jennie) Wang (Intel), Guoqiong Song (Intel)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Jason Dai, Yuhao Yang, Jennie Wang, and Guoqiong Song explain how to build and productionize deep learning applications for big data with Analytics Zoo—a unified analytics and AI platform that seamlessly unites Spark, TensorFlow, Keras, and BigDL programs into an integrated pipeline—using real-world use cases from JD.com, MLS Listings, the World Bank, Baosight, and Midea/KUKA. Read more.
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9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Location: LL21 E/F
Lukas Biewald (Weights & Biases)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Join Lukas Biewald to build and deploy long short-term memories (LSTMs), grated recurrent units (GRUs), and other text classification techniques using Keras and scikit-learn. Read more.
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1:30pm5:00pm Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Location: LL21 C/D
Mo Patel (Independent)
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 3 ratings)
PyTorch captured the minds of ML researchers and developers upon its arrival. Now it's matured into a production-ready ML framework with use cases and applications. Mo Patel explores the PyTorch lifecycle via hands-on examples such as image and text classification and linear modeling. You'll cover other aspects of ML such as transfer learning, data modeling, and deploying to production in labs. Read more.
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1:30pm5:00pm Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Location: LL21 A/B
Angela Wu (Determined AI), Sidney Wijngaarde (Determined AI), Shiyuan Zhu (Determined AI), Vishnu Mohan (Determined AI)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
Success with DL requires more than just TensorFlow or PyTorch. Angela Wu, Sidney Wijngaarde, Shiyuan Zhu, and Vishnu Mohan detail practical problems faced by practitioners and the software tools and techniques you'll need to address the problems, including data prep, GPU scheduling, hyperparameter tuning, distributed training, metrics management, deployment, mobile and edge optimization, and more. Read more.
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11:05am11:45am Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: 230 C
Urs Köster (Cerebras Systems)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Long training times are the single biggest factor slowing down innovation in deep learning. Today's common approach of scaling large workloads out over many small processors is inefficient and requires extensive model tuning. Urs Köster explains why with increasing model and dataset sizes, new ideas are needed to reduce training times. Read more.
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11:55am12:35pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: Expo Hall 3
Hagay Lupesko (Facebook)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
Hagay Lupesko explores AI-powered personalization at Facebook and the challenges and practical techniques it applied to overcome these challenges. You'll learn about deep learning-based personalization modeling, scalable training, and the accompanying system design approaches that are applied in practice. Read more.
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11:55am12:35pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: 230 A
Robert Crowe (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
Putting together an ML production pipeline for training, deploying, and maintaining ML and deep learning applications is much more than just training a model. Robert Crowe explores Google's open source community TensorFlow Extended (TFX), an open source version of the tools and libraries that Google uses internally, made using its years of experience in developing production ML pipelines. Read more.
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1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: Expo Hall 3
Paige Bailey (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
TensorFlow 2.0 has landed. Paige Bailey walks you through TensorFlow (TF) 2.0's new features, usability enhancements, performance increases, and focus on developer productivity. You'll use the TF 2.0 migration tool to transition a model from TensorFlow 1.x to 2.0 and deploy an end-to-end open source machine learning model. Read more.
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2:35pm3:15pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: 230 A
Evan Sparks (Determined AI)
Evan Sparks walks you through the current gap between the AI haves (Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft) and the AI have-nots (the rest of the industry), from the perspective of software infrastructure for model development. You'll learn some of the opportunities for end-to-end system design to enable rapid iteration and scale in AI application development. Read more.
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2:35pm3:15pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: Expo Hall 3
Joseph Spisak (Facebook), Hao Lu (Facebook)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Joseph Spisak and Hao Lu lead a deep dive into how PyTorch is being used to help accelerate the path from novel research to large-scale production deployment in computer vision, natural language processing, and machine translation at Facebook. Read more.
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4:50pm5:30pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: Expo Hall 3
Siddha Ganju (NVIDIA), Meher Kasam (Square)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Over the last few years, convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have risen in popularity, especially in the area of computer vision. However, CNNs are by nature computationally and memory intensive, making them challenging to deploy on a mobile device. Siddha Ganju and Meher Kasam examine optimizing deep neural nets to run efficiently on mobile devices. Read more.
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11:05am11:45am Thursday, September 12, 2019
Location: 230 A
Mathew Salvaris (Microsoft), Angus Taylor (Microsoft)
Join Danielle Dean, Mathew Salvaris, and Angus Taylor to learn best practices and reference architectures (which have been validated in real-world AI and ML projects for customers globally) for implementing AI. They detail lessons distilled from working with large global customers on AI and ML projects and the challenges that they overcame. Read more.
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1:45pm2:25pm Thursday, September 12, 2019
Location: 230 C
Shashank Prasanna (Amazon Web Services)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
Machine learning involves a lot of experimentation. Data scientists spend days, weeks, or months performing algorithm searches, model architecture searches, hyperparameter searches, etc. Shashank Prasanna breaks down how you can easily run large-scale machine learning experiments using containers, Kubernetes, Amazon ECS, and SageMaker. Read more.
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2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, September 12, 2019
Location: Expo Hall 3
Brennan Saeta (Google)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Swift for TensorFlow is a next-generation machine learning and differential programming framework that unlocks new domains and applications. Brennan Saeta leads you through the motivations for Swift, the benefits of this toolchain, and how to use Swift for TensorFlow in your projects. Read more.

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