Deep Learning for Data Scientists - Alpharetta edition

  • January 8, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • LexisNexis (Conference Center)

NOTE: Based on the success of our December 2013 event, we're doing an encore in Alpharetta. If you've attended the talk in December, you're still welcome to join us, but the content will be more-or-less the same :-)


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

7:15p Kickoff

7:30p Keynote

8:30p Networking

9:00p Goodnight!

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  • Narender

    It was very helpful for newbies like me gain a strong understanding as what is Big data is all about and to get to know the new tools and vendors involed in this emerging new space... And thanks to Lexis-Nexis and HP for providing food and beverages...

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Andrew G.

    Slides from the Jan presentation are posted Also, the December presentation video is posted

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentations. So much learning. Thanks for the show :-)

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Jennifer K.

    Technical difficulties aside, I found the presentations thought-provoking.

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Trish M.

    Thanks to Raj and Travis for giving us the opportunity to host this event. What an awesome turnout! It was great to see so many data scientists engaged in the presentations and follow-up discussions. If we can be of assistance for future meetups, please let us know. And to all the members of this meetup group, we want to extend an invitation to take our HPCC and ECL training. We will be happy to waive the costs and provide all the classes for free to members who register for training in 2014. We hold periodic onsite instructor led classes as well as offer Webex and online self-paced courses, and we’ll do our best effort to accommodate these requests in a first come first serve basis. If anyone is interested, please reach out to me. More information on the classes is here:

    2 · January 9, 2014

  • G Patrick M.

    Yes awesome presentation, easy/fun to follow, educational, a model for presenters! Thanks so much.

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Stephen L.

    very informative, and at the correct initial level

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Ashwin B.

    Great presentation... very informative! Would like to see more commercial/business success of Deep Learning in industries.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Narender

    Very informative

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Benn K.

    Great Overview by Andrew

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Harlem

    Very interesting information. I am definitely hooked.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Trish M.

    Just to let everyone know, attendees should enter at the far end of the 1000 building. The security personnel will be expecting you there. Thanks!

    January 8, 2014

  • Trish M.

    Hi everyone, looking forward to a great event tomorrow! I have reached out to some of you already whose profile only shows first name. Thank you to those who responded. If you have not gotten back to me with your full name please do so ASAP. LexisNexis building security will require full name and picture ID. This will help smooth entry into the conference center area. Thank you!

    2 · January 7, 2014

    • Trish M.

      Got it!

      January 8, 2014

    • Vera Q.

      Trish, my picture ID name is Huiming Qu. Thanks!

      January 8, 2014

  • Howard H.

    Any chance that this talk can/will be recorded?

    January 3, 2014

    • Andrew G.

      This presentation won't be recorded, but the Dec event can will be posted tonight after this event.

      January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to Atlanta and I am in interested in meeting new peoplewith ideas and interest in big data

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Srinivas S.

    This is perfect.. I was feeling bad I couldn't make it to the Atlanta meet up this week. This is right at home :)

    2 · December 13, 2013

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