Züri Machine Learning Meetup #6

Join us on Tuesday for Data Science Connect, our first joint meetup of the 3 groups

• Zurich Big Data Developers Meetup
• Swiss Big Data User Group
• Zurich Machine Learning Meetup 

and hosted by IBM Innovation Center right at Bahnhof Altstetten. Big thanks to Romeo for making this possible!
Please don't forget to register on the IBM website here to get your entrance batch!!! 
http://ibm.co/TEhoep


We'll have 4 nice presentations spanning topics of interest for all 3 meetup groups (see also
here)

The Data Scientists Workplace of the Future - SQL, R and Spreadsheet analytics at Petabyte Scale (inc. Demo)
Romeo Kienzler, Data Scientist and Advisory Architect @IBM Innovation Center Zurich

An Introduction to Apache Spark 
Kevin Mader, Lecturer at ETH Zurich

Information Coding by Neurons at Different Scales - An Application to Parkinson's Disease
Daniela Andres, Postdoc at Institute of Neuroinformatics, UZH and ETH, Zurich

Large Scale Graph Analytics Pipeline
Cristiano Malossi, Cognitive Computing and Computational Sciences Department, IBM Research Zurich


check back here soon for the final program!


Talk Abstracts:

Information Coding by Neurons at Different Scales - An Application to Parkinson's Disease
Abstract: Our brain is specialized in the processing and transmission of information, a task that it achieves making use of millions of basic processing units: the neurons. Analyzed individually, the activity of each neuron consists of a series of impulses, which encode information about our environment, inner world and history. These impulses form a code, a means of communication between different parts of our nervous system and body, and constitute the basis of the calculations performed by our brain, our decision making and actions. This code, named neural code, is by nature complex and dynamic, and in many cases it's still not fully understood. Nowadays, the technology is available to allow communication with neurons in living subjects. One example of this is deep brain stimulation, a treatment that can be used to treat Parkinson's disease, among other pathologies. However, our lack of knowledge about the specific nature of the neural code limits this kind of applications. Analyzing the neural code that deep brain structures use to mediate the communication with the motor cortex, we found that neurons can use different information codes simultaneously to transmit events that occur at different scales. We also detected that Parkinson's disease alters the neural code, making some neurons to lose the ability to transmit events that occur closely in time. This finding might be key in the future to understand some of the symptoms of Parkinsonian patients, and in it may also lead to a better control of deep brain stimulation.

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  • Martin J.

    and here are the slides by cristiano on parallel graph analytics:
    http://goo.gl/zGmuiV

    July 29

  • Martin J.

    here are the slides for kevin's talk about spark:
    http://4quant.github.io/spark-introduction

    the other slides will follow soon hopefully. videos still need some time to be cut...

    July 23

  • Dmitry M.

    A very nice event, thanks! BTW are the presentations available online?

    July 23

    • Romeo K.

      yes, we'll post them soon together with the videos

      July 23

  • Paul I.

    Excellent - minor delay from late arrival and a little more polish in handover between talks

    1 · July 22

    • Romeo K.

      Thanks a lot! Ok, will try to improve this!

      July 23

  • Joe N.

    Great. I especially enjoyed the Spark talk. I liked the organization around a simple, yet extensible example case, and the way it was presented.

    4 · July 22

  • dan

    i will unfortunately be a little late, it seems. will that be a problem?

    July 22

    • Romeo K.

      of course not, u r always welcome!

      July 22

    • dan

      success! thanks

      July 22

  • Fidiana

    Hello, I have signed up on the IBM website last week and haven't gotten a confirmation for the entrance yet. Anyone else who didn't get their confirmation?

    Organizer(s), would you please advise?

    Thanks

    July 18

    • Martin J.

      apparently all confirmations will be sent out on *monday evening*. (given that you have registered on the IBM website). sorry for the hassle

      July 18

    • Fidiana

      That's good to know - thanks!

      July 19

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