From engineering into the world of AI: one woman's journey

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In our next evening of talks, Samantha Rouphael from Microsoft will talk about her recent transition from software engineering into the AI world.

Here is an abstract of her talk.

Artificial Intelligence have progressed rapidly in the latest years and Montreal has become the AI hub of the world with the largest condensation of researchers and domain experts. Today, more AI related jobs are being requested in different fields.

Are you wondering how can you be part of this new exciting world and how to get started?

I studied Software Engineering at McGill University and worked in Microsoft Word’s core engineering team mainly coding in C++ and C# (amongst other things). I always had interest in AI but didn't get the opportunity to work professionally on an AI project until last year when I transitioned to focus more on AI and ML. Transitioning into being a full time AI developer has been overwhelming but fun and exciting!
In my talk I will focus more about this transition and about the tooling and resources that helped me ramp up quickly and excel in this domain. I will also discuss some of the best practices when it comes to working on AI projects.

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Timeline:

Doors open at 6:00pm.

Talks start at 6:30pm, and the event usually lasts about an hour.

The event layout is super chill. Its a monthly hangout where we start the talks at 6pm (talks are in a variety of areas) and usually last an hour or so. We usually have one main talk (30-45 min) and one or two lightning talks (10-15 minutes).

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Timeline:

Doors open at 6:00pm.

Talks start at 6:30pm, and the event usually lasts about an hour.