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Democratization of AI with Microsoft Cognitive Services

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Microsoft Cognitive Services let you build apps with powerful algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication, with just a few lines of code. Easily add intelligent features – such as emotion and sentiment detection, vision and speech recognition, language understanding, knowledge and search – into your app, across devices and platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows, keep improving, and are easy to set up.

In this talk we will review the API around Vision (, Speech (, Language (, Knowledge ( and Labs and write code to implement Microsoft cognitive services APIs. The session covers how to work with unstructured text and turn unstructured text into meaningful insights into mobile, web and line of business applications. We will see how to use a few lines of code to easily analyze sentiment, extract key phrases, detect topics, and detect language for any kind of text. The session is code driven & will provide samples on how to build smart apps with cognitive services from Microsoft.

About the Speaker

Adnan Masood, Ph.D. is a software architect, machine learning researcher, and Microsoft MVP for Data Platform. Before joining UST Global as Chief Architect of AI and Machine Learning, Dr. Masood worked at Green Dot Corporation, a leading prepaid financial technology institution as a Sr. Systems Architect. In the past life he has also served as principal engineer for an ecommerce start-up, and as a solutions architect for UK's leading nonprofit organization.

A strong believer in the development community, Adnan is an active member of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), an organization dedicated to software security. In the .NET community, he is a cofounder and president of the Pasadena .NET Developers group, co-organizer of Tampa Bay Data Science Group, and Irvine Programmer meetup. A certified ScrumMaster, Dr. Masood also hold certifications in big data, machine learning, and systems architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Application Security certification from Stanford University, and SOA Smarts certification from Carnegie Mellon University. he is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, and Sun Certified Java Developer.

Author of "Functional Programming with F#", Dr. Masood teaches Data Science course at Park University, and has taught Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) courses at the University of California, San Diego. He is a regular speaker to various academic and technology conferences (, IEEE-HST, IASA, and DevConnections), local code camps, and user groups. He is also a volunteer STEM FLL robotics coach for middle school students.

For more details, visit Adnan's blog (, GitHub repository (, and Twitter (@adnanmasood). Adnan can be reached at [masked].