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NIPS 2013 Recap + big Ersatz announcement

Hello neural network aficionados,

NIPS (Neural Information Processing Symposium) happened in December and it was quite a show.  Deepmind demoed reinforcement learning using neural networks to win at Atari games.  Amazon busted out some delivery drones and tried to convince us it totally wasn't a PR stunt.  Mark Zuckerberg even stopped by to let us all know that he thought we were awesome.

Some really cool research was presented too.  One speaker provided interesting evidence suggesting that convolutional nets are already better at feedforward image recognition than monkeys.  Who knew?  There were several papers that looked into Dropout in more detail, uncovering more information about what's actually happening under the hood.  There was some interesting research re: deep recurrent neural networks.  Lots of stuff about convolutional nets.  Some people are building FPGAs for neural networks now.  There was a bunch of really cool stuff covered. 

So anyway, let's meetup and talk about all of that.  For the first part of the meetup, I'd like to open it up to anyone who wants to give a lightning talk (~5 minutes about a deep learning topic), and if no one wants to go, I'll just talk about research that was particularly interesting that came out of NIPS.

For the final part of the meetup, I'm going to show off my company's neural network product Ersatz doing some cool neural network stuff.  I'll have a couple big announcements re: all of that too, so stick around...

It's at the same place it's been the last few meetings.  Beer and chairs will be provided.  See you there!

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  • Dave S.

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks so much for coming last week, it was great to see you all, and I thought the event went really well.

    Here are the videos on youtube, they're split into a few parts. Slides are superimposed over the videos:

    Ronjon's talk:

    Yaroslav's talk:

    My talk: Part1: Part2:

    Funny story re: part 2 of my talk... I had to re-record it, so you may notice it sounds like I'm in an empty room for that part of the video--it's because I am...

    Thanks again and I hope to see you all at the next event.

    2 · February 11, 2014

  • Joel F.

    @davesullivan Can you post the presentations from this?

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Christopher H.

    Truly amazing results from a technology that is finding its resurgence. with applications only begun to be tapped!

    February 6, 2014

  • Niels J.

    Best Meetup yet! Great speakers.

    Thanks Dave for organizing and best wishes to Ersatz Labs.

    February 6, 2014

  • Eron W.

    Great meeting with quality speakers. Dave's meetings are among the best in the area.

    2 · February 5, 2014

  • Craig R.

    This was a really great Meetup. Thanks to all three speakers and good luck to Ersatz Labs!

    February 5, 2014

  • Dave S.

    Hey, I'm starting to block out timing for the event, so if you'd like to give a lightning talk on a deep learning topic, can you email me at [masked] and I'll make sure to include time? Thanks!

    January 25, 2014

  • Simon

    We are looking for some NN people. We need help with a project to Save Rhinos in Africa from being Poached to Extinction. Those who can give a hand, please email me at [masked]
    Our website is­
    Thank you.

    January 24, 2014

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