October 28–31, 2019
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Measuring embedded machine learning

Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
1:40pm2:20pm Thursday, October 31, 2019
Location: Grand Ballroom H

Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers


New to TensorFlow


While machine learning is traditionally associated with heavy-duty power-hungry processors, the future of machine learning is on the edge and on small, embedded devices that can run for a year or more on a single coin-cell battery. Deep learning can be very energy efficient, and allows you to makes sense of sensor data. It can turn raw accelerometer data into information about whether a machine is working well or malfunctioning or even recognize voice commands from a microphone feed. The ability to run trained networks “at the edge,” nearer the data without the cloud — or even without even a network connection —means that you can interpret sensor data in real time, pulling signal from the data without storing potentially privacy-infringing data in the cloud.

Alasdair Allan walks you through installing, and using, TensorFlow Lite on ultra-low-powered ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers for common tasks, showing you how to use deep learning on your own problems and enabling you to build smart devices that solve real-world problems in a way that wasn’t possible before.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience with Python and C (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Get started with TensorFlow Lite on embedded hardware
  • Learn to use machine learning inferencing to perform common tasks
  • Recognize speech and other audio signals on embedded hardware
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Alasdair Allan

Babilim Light Industries

Alasdair Allan is a director at Babilim Light Industries and a scientist, author, hacker, maker, and journalist. An expert on the internet of things and sensor systems, he’s famous for hacking hotel radios, deploying mesh networked sensors through the Moscone Center during Google I/O, and for being behind one of the first big mobile privacy scandals when, back in 2011, he revealed that Apple’s iPhone was tracking user location constantly. He’s written eight books and writes regularly for Hackster.io, Hackaday, and other outlets. A former astronomer, he also built a peer-to-peer autonomous telescope network that detected what was, at the time, the most distant object ever discovered.

  • O'Reilly
  • TensorFlow
  • Google Cloud
  • IBM
  • Databricks
  • Tensor Networks
  • VMware
  • Amazon Web Services
  • One Convergence
  • Quantiphi
  • Lambda Labs
  • Tech Mahindra
  • cnvrg.io
  • Determined AI
  • Inferencery
  • Manceps, Inc.
  • PerceptiLabs
  • Valohai

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