Come early for networking! Then join the conversation with Facebook Data Scientist Brandon Rohrer to level up in AI by learning how algorithms do what they do.
6:00 Networking, food and drinks
6:45 Brandon Rohrer, Data Scientist @ Facebook
Machine learning algorithms make convenient black boxes, but unfortunately in order to get the most out of them we have to understand a little about how they work. I’ll show how this works on decision trees and support vector machines, and also show how you can open black box algorithms yourself. Then together we will walk through convolutional neural networks, a powerhouse behind the majority of AI applications.
Brandon loves solving puzzles and building things. Practicing data science gives him the opportunity to do both in equal measure. Like most data scientists, Brandon came to the field indirectly. He started by studying robotics and human rehabilitation at MIT (MS '99, PhD '02), moved on to machine vision and machine learning at Sandia National Laboratories, then to predictive modeling of agriculture DuPont Pioneer, and cloud data science at Microsoft. Now at Facebook Brandon works to get internet and electrical power to those in the world who don't have it, using deep learning and satellite imagery. In his spare time, Brandon likes to rock climb, write robot learning algorithms, and go on walks with my wife and our dog, Reign of Terror.
8:00 Wrap up and networking