[Practical Deep Learning and Its Applications] Talk Series #1: Image Detection

  • August 6, 2014 · 6:30 PM

Computer vision and image processing are some of the hardest problems in machine learning. Challenges involving categorization of images and object recognition usually involve a lot of pre processing and transformations in order to extract meaningful signal for which to accomplish these tasks. Enter deep learning. With recent advancements in neural networks and improved hardware, neural networks have been used for state of the art performance on many kinds of image processing tasks. 

Come learn about some of the tricks used to feed images in to a neural network, and some of the neat transformations neural networks automatically perform to allow you do focus on your target task. 

At this Meetup, Zipfian Academy machine learning instructor and creator of Deeplearning4j Adam Gibson will give an introduction to his distributed, open-source deep learning framework. This will be the first of a monthly series by Adam on Deeplearning4j, the first commercial-grade deep learning library written in Java.

This Meetup is an overview of the techniques used for image processing and how to begin interpreting neural network output and know whether you are on the right track.

The talk series is intended for those with a working knowledge of machine learning (i.e., scikit-learn). 

Sign up if you're ready to commit to a series of workshops that will show you how to apply DL4J to machine vision, text and times series analysis, and sound recognition. 

About Adam Gibson:
Adam the co-founder of Skymind, a business intelligence and enterprise software firm, and blix.io, a machine learning and NLP startup that helps public relations professionals to monitor coverage and avoid disasters. He is a machine-learning instructor at Zipfian Academy. Before, Adam did Data Mining at Mashape, ran his own web development consultancy, and was a Dev Ops engineer.

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  • Adam G.

    Hey guys: Slides are online.http://www.slideshare.net/agibsonccc/zipfianmeetup-computervision For those interested, we have an upcoming workshop on neural nets: http://www.zipfianacademy.com/workshops/practical-deep-learning-its-applications

    The next meetup is going to be on text. We will try to make this a more up close and personal workshop. I will also be planning a bigger talk here shortly as well.

    2 · August 6

  • Molly L.

    We are having some trouble with the live streaming. I apologize. We are recording the talk and I will post the video tomorrow.

    August 6

    • Lauren M.

      Great that you are trying to do the live streaming for meetups anyway. Thank you.

      August 6

  • James L.

    I will be watching the streaming video then, looking forward to the next upcoming talks. Just updated my RSVP, someone can take my spot.

    August 6

  • Sam S.

    Hey guys! I'm not going to be able to make it to the event - something came up. Looking forward to this series of lectures in the future though. Looks amazing!

    Someone take my spot!

    August 6

  • Adam G.

    Hey guys, just for clarification, this will not necessarily be a play along tutorial. I am going to mainly be running through examples and giving some higher level concepts people can use. I encourage people to email the deeplearning4j google group with questions on your specific implementation issues:


    I also take requests for demos/examples to be added. My goal with this tonight will be to give people who are using any deep learning framework the tools to understand what it takes to do computer vision and what neural nets can be used with what situations. Obviously much of this will be deeplearning4j specific, but I'm more than glad to answer general deep learning questions as well.


    August 6

  • Molly L.

    We plan to live stream the talk at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/zipfian-academy. We plan to start streaming at 7 PM.

    1 · August 6

  • Chen J.

    I want to watch streaming video as well.

    August 5

  • Ted F.

    Will there be a recording of the talk? If so, I'd gladly give up my spot.

    August 4

  • Tim E.

    Adam, what are the programming prereqs for these workshops? Will some knowledge of Scala suffice?

    July 23, 2014

    • Adam G.

      Yes that's fine. DL4j use is encouraged from scala as well as java. I will create a more dedicated wrapper for it here soon, but for now will be relying on interop.

      1 · July 24, 2014

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