Human-in-the-loop is an approach which has been used for simulation, training, UX mockups, etc. A more recent design pattern is emerging for human-in-the-loop (HITL) as a way to manage teams working with machine learning (ML). A variant of semi-supervised learning called active learning allows for mostly automated processes based on ML, where exceptions get referred to human experts. Those human judgements in turn help improve new iterations of the ML models.
This talk reviews key case studies about active learning, plus other approaches for human-in-the-loop which are emerging among AI applications. We’ll consider some of the technical aspects — including available open source projects — as well as management perspectives for how to apply HITL:
In particular, we’ll examine use cases at O’Reilly Media where ML pipelines for categorizing content are trained by subject matter experts providing examples, based on HITL and leveraging open source [Project Jupyter](https://jupyter.org/ for implementation).
Paco Nathan is known as a “player/coach” with core expertise in data science, natural language processing, machine learning, and cloud computing. He has 35+ years of experience in the tech industry, at companies ranging from Bell Labs to early-stage startups. His recent roles include director of the Learning Group at O’Reilly and director of community evangelism at Databricks and Apache Spark. Paco is the cochair of Rev conference and an advisor for Amplify Partners, Deep Learning Analytics, Recognai, and Primer. He was named one of the "top 30 people in big data and analytics" in 2015 by Innovation Enterprise.
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