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To start the new year, we'll check out Julia, a new and upcoming language, especially built for AI and ML. If you have a laptop, please bring it along for the hands on session after the talk.
*** Introduction to Julia - the language of the future for AI and ML ***
Zhuo Jia Dai (@dzj_evalparse)
The Julia programming language (#julialang) has garnered some well-deserved attention for its ease of use and powerful performance (https://juliacomputing.com/press/2017/09/12/julia-joins-petaflop-club.html).
In this talk, we will give an intro to Julia, and demonstrate its unique properties via a study of the canonical NMIST handwritten digit classification problem. You will see why the creators of Julia claims that Julia has the 'speed of C' and 'ease-of-use of Python.
Finally, we will present a couple of interesting programming problems for you to work through on juliabox.com to help you get a feel for Julia.
Bio: ZJ has 10+ years of experience in banking modelling/analytics/data science and has recently become an independent consultant. He has a maths background and runs the Sydney Competitive programming meetup and Julia (Julialang) meetup.
NOTE: The group meets in the Sydney CBD, near Wynyard station, not in Revesby (there's been some map bugs around this)!
Address for copy paste: level 10/50 Carrington St, Sydney NSW 2000
Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/oaBFbAYyjGB2