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Deep Learning for Data Scientists


Deep learning is a hot area of machine learning named one of the "Breakthrough Technologies of 2013" by MIT Technology Review. The basic ideas extend neural network research from past decades and incorporate new discoveries in statistical machine learning and neuroscience. The results are new learning architectures and algorithms that promise disruptive advances in automatic feature engineering, pattern discovery, data modeling and artificial intelligence. Empirical results from real world applications and benchmarking routinely demonstrate state-of-the-art performance across diverse problems including: speech recognition, object detection, image understanding and machine translation. The technology is employed commercially today, notably in many popular Google products such as Street View, Google+ Image Search and Android Voice Recognition.

In this talk, we will present an overview of deep learning for data scientists: what it is, how it works, what it can do, and why it is important. We will review several real world applications and discuss some of the key hurdles to mainstream adoption. We will conclude by discussing our experiences implementing and running deep learning experiments on our own hardware data science appliance.

Andrew B. Gardner is the Founder and President of Momentics, Inc., a data science and machine learning consulting & training company.  Jake Smith is a Senior Economic Analyst at UPS. Andrew and Jake have been working together on a deep learning stack & hardware appliance for data scientists.

Andrew B. Gardner,
Jacob L. Smith,


6:30p Pizza, drinks & networking

7:00p Kickoff

7:15p Keynote

8:30p Networking

9:00p Goodnight!

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  • Andrew G.

    Slides from the Jan presentation are posted (almost identical to December presentation).

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Andrew G.

    The December presentation video is now available on vimeo: . Please upvote if you like it.

    January 9, 2014

  • Travis T.

    The recording will be posted after this evening's meetup. See you there!

    January 8, 2014

  • John C.

    There was recording equipment at the presentation, will it be posted online?

    January 6, 2014

    • Utzu L.

      Yes, it's scheduled to be published by Wed morning.

      January 6, 2014

    • Debraj D.

      Thanks, I am also waiting very eagerly for the recorded presentation.

      January 7, 2014

  • Chris B.

    Excellent talk and at a great venue! Thanks all!

    December 12, 2013

  • Mike P.

    Very interesting topic, great presentation by the speaker, cool location, awesome food and drinks...many thanks to the sponsors and organizers!

    2 · December 12, 2013

  • Rob S.

    Great talk. I am already looking at ways to apply Deep Learning to some issues we have with some Neural Net issues at work. Much of the current process was originally done in the 1990's. But this could solve one of our biggest problems. Very interesting. I am very interested in attending a workshop on this topic in greater detail.

    December 12, 2013

  • Barry H.

    The gate was open, but there were at least two gates. The first one was closed, the second (open) one was down a long driveway. I was confused too.

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Cengiz G.

    better than I expected. I understood what deep learning really is.

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • amanda y.

    great event! thank you!!

    December 11, 2013

  • Travis T.

    Sorry for the confusion! Video will be posted in two weeks.

    December 11, 2013

  • Mini M.

    Still stuck in traffic.

    December 11, 2013

  • G Patrick M.

    Sorry for bailing out at the last minute, I was planning on coming until now, but childcare plan fell through!

    December 11, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I've managed to catch a cold so will be staying home

    December 11, 2013

  • Rob S.

    I can help afterwards if you need it. I am going to pressed to get over in time before. I know Moxie well, and spent much time there in the past.

    1 · December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately something came up and will be outside Atlanta these days. I have already promised my seat to John Foreman, should he decide to attend the event. Please reserve it for him if he comes.

    December 8, 2013

    • Travis T.

      No problem. We aren't planning on capping RSVPs. John can RSVP yes if and when he attends. See you next time!

      December 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's great. Unfortunately I don't think the next time is going to be anytime soon. All the best

      December 9, 2013

  • Brian H.

    Some travel came up so I'll have to yield my seat.

    December 4, 2013

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