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8-9 Oct 2018: Training
9-11 Oct 2018: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Schedule: Text, Language, and Speech sessions

9:00 - 17:00 Monday, 8 October & Tuesday, 9 October
Location: Hilton Meeting room 1/2
Brian McMahan (Joostware)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Delip Rao explores natural language processing with deep learning, walking you through neural network architectures and NLP tasks and teaching you how to apply these architectures for those tasks. Read more.
13:30–17:00 Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Richard Liaw (UC Berkeley RISELab), Eric Liang (UC Berkeley RISELab)
Ion Stoica, Robert Nishihara, Richard Liaw, Eric Liang, and Philipp Moritz lead a deep dive into Ray, a new distributed execution framework for reinforcement learning applications, walking you through Ray's API and system architecture and sharing application examples, including several state-of-the art RL algorithms. Read more.
9:35–9:50 Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Impact of AI on Business and Society
Location: King's Suite
Amy Heineike (Primer)
Human-generated knowledge bases like Wikipedia have excellent precision but poor recall. Amy Heineike explains how Primer created a self-updating knowledge base that can track factual claims in unstructured text and describe what it learns in human-readable text. Read more.
11:05–11:45 Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Implementing AI
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral
Yishay Carmiel (IntelligentWire)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
In recent years, there's been a quantum leap in the performance of AI, as deep learning made its mark in areas from speech recognition to machine translation and computer vision. However, as artificial intelligence becomes increasingly popular, data privacy issues also gain traction. Yishay Carmiel reviews these issues and explains how they impact the future of deep learning development. Read more.
16:00–16:40 Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Implementing AI, Models and Methods
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral
Rahul Dodhia (Microsoft)
Artificial intelligence is mature enough to make substantial contributions to the legal industry. Rahul Dodhia offers an overview of an AI assistant that can perform routine tasks such as contract review and checking compliance with regulations at higher accuracy rates than legal professionals. Read more.
16:50–17:30 Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Implementing AI
Location: Windsor Suite
Alan Nichol (Rasa)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Alan Nichol walks you through building fully machine learning-based voice and chatbots with the open source Rasa stack. Read more.
16:50–17:30 Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Implementing AI
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral
Daniel Ecer (eLife Sciences Publications Ltd), Paul Shannon (eLife Sciences Publications Ltd)
eLife’s mission is to accelerate discovery and encourage responsible behaviors in science. Daniel Ecer and Paul Shannon detail eLife’s journey in using NLP, computer vision, and similarity algorithms to find more diverse peer reviewers, apply semantics to archive content, automate the submission process, and find insights into the sentiment of scholarly content. Read more.
11:05–11:45 Thursday, 11 October 2018
Models and Methods
Location: Hilton Meeting Room 3-6
Ryan Micallef (Cloudera Fast Forward Labs)
Multitask learning is an approach to problem solving that allows supervised algorithms to master more than one objective in parallel. Ryan Micallef shares a multitask neural net in PyTorch trained to classify news from several publications, which highlights distinct language use per publication enabled by the analysis of task-specific and agnostic representations part of multitask networks. Read more.
11:55–12:35 Thursday, 11 October 2018
Models and Methods
Location: King's Suite - Sandringham
Dafna Shahaf (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
The availability of large idea repositories (e.g., patents) could significantly accelerate innovation and discovery by providing people inspiration from solutions to analogous problems. Dafna Shahaf presents an algorithm that automatically discovers analogies in unstructured data and demonstrates how these analogies significantly increased people's likelihood of generating creative ideas. Read more.
13:45–14:25 Thursday, 11 October 2018
Implementing AI, Models and Methods
Location: Westminster Suite
Lars Hulstaert (Microsoft)
Transfer learning allows data scientists to leverage insights from large labeled datasets. The general idea of transfer learning is to use knowledge learned from tasks for which a lot of labeled data is available in settings where only little labelled data is available. Lars Hulstaert explains what transfer learning is and demonstrates how it can boost your NLP or CV pipelines. Read more.
13:45–14:25 Thursday, 11 October 2018
Models and Methods
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral
Guy Feigenblat (IBM Research AI)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Automatic summarization is the computational process of shortening one or more text documents in order to identify their key points. Guy Feigenblat surveys recent advances in unsupervised automated summarization technologies and discusses recent research publications and datasets. Guy concludes with an overview of a novel summarization technology developed by IBM. Read more.
14:35–15:15 Thursday, 11 October 2018
Models and Methods
Location: Hilton Meeting Room 3-6
Peter Cahill (Voysis)
Peter Cahill explains why Wavenet will be the next generation of recognition, synthesis, and voice-activity detection. Read more.
14:35–15:15 Thursday, 11 October 2018
Models and Methods
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral
Amy Heineike (Primer)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
When building natural language processing (NLP)-based applications, you quickly learn that no single NLP algorithm can handle the wide range of tasks required to turn text into value. Amy Heineike explains how she orchestrates natural language processing, understanding, and generation algorithms to build text-based AI applications for Fortune 500 companies. Read more.
16:00–16:40 Thursday, 11 October 2018
Implementing AI, Models and Methods
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral
Dr. Sid J Reddy (Conversica)
Sid Reddy shows you how to avoid the hype and decide which use cases are the best for deep reinforcement learning. You'll explore the Markov decision process with conversational AI and learn how to set up the environment, states, agent actions, transition probabilities, reward functions, and end states. You'll also discover when to use end-to-end reinforcement learning. Read more.