• SVAI Genomics Hackathon: Renal Cell Carcinoma
    See Full Event Details: https://svai.co/p1rcc-main Apply to Participate: https://svai.co/research-apply **YOU MUST APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT** All levels of Engineering and Biology experience encouraged to apply. See the video from our last Genomics Hackathon: http://svai.co/Hacking-a-Cure INTRODUCTION We are excited to announce the second computational cancer genomics event in SVAI's Collaborative Research Series. This event will focus on papillary renal-cell carcinoma type 1 (p1RCC), in partnership with RareKidneyCancer.org, Salesforce, Google, NIH, and NCBI. We will invite over 100 researchers, engineers and enthusiasts to join us at Salesforce in San Francisco for an intense weekend of exploration in computational biomedicine. Interdisciplinary teams will work to further understand, develop potential interventions and advance the standard of care for p1RCC. In addition to sequencing a patient for this event, we will use genomic datasets for p1RCC through the NIH's Cancer Genome Atlas. BACKGROUND Papillary renal-cell carcinoma, accounts for between 15 to 20% of all kidney cancers. It occurs in the cells lining the small tubules in the kidney that filter waste from the blood and make urine. Little is known about the genetic basis of sporadic papillary renal-cell carcinoma, and no effective forms of therapy for advanced disease exist. See Full Event Details: https://svai.co/p1rcc-main Apply to Participate: https://svai.co/research-apply PURPOSE -Advance papillary renal-cell carcinoma research. -Contribute to real, ongoing patient case. -Create interdisciplinary opportunities for computer scientists and biologists. -Learn and develop skills in AI/ML, computational biology and cancer genomics. -Build an open community for collaborative biomedicine discovery. DATASETS SVAI facilitated sequencing for one p1RCC patient (paid for by UCSF Health): DNA Whole Genome Sequencing for Tumor and Blood samples, sequenced at 90x using a BGISEQ-500. The data will be available as .bam and .vcf files. NIH Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) for data for Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma which includes: RNA-Seq gene expression, identifiable germ-line mutations and some clinical information: Cases (291) Genes (12,063) Mutations (25,723) WHY YOU SHOULD COME -Advanced learning in computational biology and cancer genomics. -Great mentoring sessions. -Make new friends. -Connect with us and our event partners. -Our first research event was amazing, and this one will be even better. See Full Event Details: https://svai.co/p1rcc-main Apply to Participate: https://svai.co/research-apply

    Salesforce Rincon Cafe

    121 Spear Street · San Francisco, CA

  • We're moving to our main site: (http://sv.ai) *Action Required*
    All of our events and activities will move to our main site: http://sv.ai . Please join us at http://sv.ai/community . We will continue supporting meetup.com members through email communications, but will no longer post events to this platform. We're also on: Twitter (https://twitter.com/SVAIresearch), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SVAIResearch/), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7048480). Thanks! and hope to see you soon, Peter, Monica & SVAI Team. -- Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence is an organization supporting researchers, startups and established organizations with Deep Learning initiatives. We host monthly events in the SF Bay Area, and work to help members connect with resources, opportunities and partnerships.

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  • Self Driving Cars #2
    **Our 70 free tickets sold out in the first hour. Community supporter tickets are available on our main page: sv.ai/selfdrivingcars2 (http://svai.co/2bMpHUx) Our first Self Driving Cars event was awesome, so we're doing another one. Join Sebastian Thrun and Danny Shapiro for a night of self driving car education covering Stanford's DARPA winning Stanley, to Google's Self Driving Car, and hear the latest from NVIDIA's advancements in Autonomous research. This event is limited to 150 people: The first batch tickets are free. Get on our Early Bird (http://sv.ai/) list for future event announcements! SPEAKERS: Sebastian Thrun "Stanley & Google's Self Driving Car" Sebastian is a co-Founder of Google X where he started Google’s Autonomous Car program. Previously, he led the development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. Sebastian also led Stanford’s AI Lab, and taught in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. He now has set his sights on democratizing higher education with the founding of Udacity and serves as a Research Professor at Stanford University. Sebastian has been named the 5th Most Creative Person in Business (Fast Company), among the 50 Smartest People in Tech (Fortune), and highlighted in 50 Best Inventions of 2010 (Time). Learn more about Sebastian: robots.stanford.edu (http://robots.stanford.edu/) Danny Shapiro "Accelerating the Race to Self-Driving Cars" Danny Shapiro is Senior Director of NVIDIA’s Automotive Business Unit, focusing on solutions that enable faster and better design of automobiles, as well as in-vehicle solutions for self-driving cars, infotainment systems, and digital instrument clusters. Danny holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBA from the Hass School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danny serves on the Advisory Boards for the LA Auto Show, the Connected Car Council and the NVIDIA Foundation which focuses on computational solutions for cancer research. Danny Shapiro on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dannymshapiro) AGENDA: 18.00: Doors Open 18.50: Opening Remarks 19.00: Sebastian Thrun "Stanley & Google's Self Driving Car" 19.45: Danny Shapiro "Accelerating the Race to Self-Driving Cars" 20.15: Panel Q&A Discussion with Speakers 20.40: Make some new friends! 21.30: Doors Close VENUE: Udacity: 2465 Latham Street, 3rd Floor. Mountain View, CA 94040 Thank you Udacity for hosting us! FOOD and DRINKS: Sponsored by Udacity. More info soon. IMPORTANT: This event is strictly limited to 150 people. You MUST be pre-registered to attend. Registration must include your first and last name. You will not need to print a paper ticket. We will be checking people in the building lobby. Questions or comments? Tweet to us @SVAIresearch (https://twitter.com/svairesearch) -- Announcements: The SV.AI team is growing: If you want to help AI researchers and startups, get in touch!

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  • Self Driving Cars
    **Community Supporter tickets (http://svai.co/29uiX6H) are still available! ** Self Driving Cars are the hottest application for #AI in Silicon Valley. We've invited 4 speakers to share how they are pushing the industry forward. This event is limited to 150 people: The first 70 (free) tickets sold out in 1.5 hours. Get on our Early Bird (http://sv.ai) list for future event announcements! >> Sign up at: sv.ai/selfdrivingcars (http://sv.ai/selfdrivingcars/) SPEAKERS: Forrest Iandola, PhD "Perception for Autonomous Driving" Forrest graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in 2016. At Berkeley, Forrest has been involved in Berkeley Deep Drive (BDD) and a number of other research centers on applying machine learning and computer vision to practical applications. His research led to the Founding of DeepScale (deepscale.ai (http://deepscale.ai/)), which has core technology in: Training data for machine learning algorithms, rapid deep neural network (DNN) training, ground-up redesigns of DNN architectures, and efficient DNN deployment in embedded/IoT applications. DeepScale has focused this skillset on the automotive industry, where they have a number of customer engagements. Forrest on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/fiandola). Devaki Raj "Opportunities to build tools and datasets for ML/ AI companies" Devaki is the co-founder and CEO of CrowdAI, a startup processing large amounts of high quality data for machine learning algorithms. She holds a Masters in Statistics from the University of Oxford. She spent 3.5 years at Google as a statistician working on projects on maps, Android, life sciences and [x]. Devaki has been working with self driving car companies and is in the current batch of YCombinator. Devaki on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/devaki-raj-31205826) Austin Russell & Benjamin Englard "Why Self Driving Cars need LiDAR" Austin is the Founder of a sensing company in stealth mode. He has significant experience building 3D mapping and vision systems for applications in Autonomous Vehicles. Ben began working with Austin in 2016 to bring significant data processing expertise to the table. Both Austin and Ben are recipients of the Thiel Fellowship. Austin on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/austin-russell-49913755) Ben on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benglard) AGENDA: 18.00: Doors Open 18.50: Opening Remarks 19.00: "Perception for Autonomous Driving" 19.10: "Opportunities to build tools and datasets for ML/ AI companies" 19.20: "Why Self Driving Cars need LiDAR" 19.30: Panel Q&A Discussion with Speakers 20.00: Make some new friends! 21.45: Doors Close VENUE: NVIDIA (http://www.nvidia.com) is kindly hosting us for this event. THANK YOU! FOOD and DRINKS: Main: Fajitas Bar ( flour tortilla): Carne Asada (steak), Pollo (chicken), Vegetarian (Soy Portobello). Rice, Beans and side options of Salsa, Sour cream, Guacamole & Cheese Appetizers: Sliced Fruit Platter (Vegetarian), Stuffed Mushrooms (Vegetarian), Meatball – Teriyaki. Dessert Bar: TBD. Beverages: Infused water, Still water, Coffee & Tea. *This event is strictly limited to 150 people. You MUST be pre-registered to attend. We will be checking people in the building elevator lobby. Questions or comments? Tweet to us @SVAIresearch (https://twitter.com/svairesearch) -- ANNOUNCMENTS: The SV.AI team is growing: If you want to help AI researchers and startups, get in touch! Looking Forward: We've partnered with a large healthcare community to explore a Healthcare + AI project. Interested in the application of Deep Learning in Healthcare? Let us know! Contact: [masked]

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  • NYC Happy Hour
    **This event is in New York City** Hey all, we'll be in NYC May 10th! Come join us for drinks and light food in SOHO at Digital Ocean from 18.30 - 21.00. -- With members all over the world, we're excited be involved in ecosystems outsides of SV where AI and Deep Learning communities are emerging. SPONSOR: Digital Ocean is hosting us, providing drinks and light food. Thank you! WHO SHOULD COME? Anyone who is interested in how AI will transform our world. Our last event was: AI Researchers, Dev's, Entrepreneurs, Angel Investors, VC's, Journalists, Students & Friends. **You MUST be pre-registered to attend. Digital Ocean is located in a high security building. We will be checking people in the building elevator lobby. Please bring an ID. ABOUT: Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence is an initiative to support researchers and advance the use of AI for real world problems. SV.AI (http://sv.ai) was relaunched early 2016. Get in touch with us, @SVAIresearch (https://twitter.com/svairesearch)

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    Digital Ocean

    101 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS · NYC, NY

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  • AlphaGo >> the New Era of Artificial Intelligence
    Our 2016 Kickoff event featuring Robert Hearn, PhD, hosted and sponsored by Sentient (http://www.sentient.ai). For our entrance back into AI events and community building, we will be examining DeepMind's AlphaGo. Robert Hearn, PhD, will give a closer look at what was happening during the matches with Lee Se-Dol. We’ll start with some background on go in general, and the history of computer go, then proceed to what is special about AlphaGo, and the historic match. Bob will also comment on how these matches set in motion an irreversible AI fervor, and his own predictions for whats to come. SPEAKER: Bob is a 2 dan go player, and has studied both traditional artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience, working with Marvin Minsky, among others. Bob completed his PhD at MIT as part of CSAIL (https://www.csail.mit.edu): MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is also a successful software entrepreneur, best known for ClarisWorks, and a national-class long-distance runner. EVENT SPONSOR: Sentient (http://www.sentient.ai) is hosting us for this event. Thank you! Sentient is hiring in San Francisco! Please check out their careers page at sentient.ai/careers. (http://www.sentient.ai/careers)They are providing food, drink, and welcoming us into their space. MORE INFORMATION: An interview with Bob in the New York Times: Google Artificial Intelligence Beats Expert at Go Game (http://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/brilliant-go). Bob will referencing this paper in his talk: Mastering the game of Go with deep neural networks and tree search (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v529/n7587/full/nature16961.html). This event is strictly limited to 60 people. You MUST be pre-registered to attend. We will be checking people in the building elevator lobby. Questions or comments? Tweet to us @SVAIresearch (https://twitter.com/svairesearch)

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    Sentient

    1 California St., Suite 2300 · San Francisco, CA

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  • Lex Ricketts: Three AI Questions
    Our own Lex Ricketts has been pondering AI issues for decades. There are certainly many to choose from. He has chosen three questions that he has grappled with for us to discuss. He will be allocated a few minutes for each question to elaborate on his viewpoint but he expects to learn as much as anyone present in the ensuing discussion. We'll take about thirty minutes for each question and will reserve the final thirty minutes to whatever we feel is interesting about these *or* other questions. What does it mean to experience the real world and what does that mean to intelligence? I believe that ideas are a product of a lifetime of learning and they seem to be built from whatever form of input that can represent them. This statement actually assumes a lot. I would like to explore some of those assumptions, and also how the ability of animal intelligence is affected by the resolution of input. What is creativity and how it can be mechanically duplicated? Creativity is a process that is associated with and an integral part of the ability to conceptualize. It’s a matter of what we put together as concepts and the different forms of input a concept is formed from. We will also discuss how mental bandwidth and input affect the creative ability. I would like to discuss the difference’s and similarities, if any, between animals and machines? What functionality already exists in mechanics that could extend into intelligence duplication and what functionality would have to be substituted by programming or other creative processes? This will discuss what a basic emotion equates to mechanically and how it can be seen in all forms of mechanisms, biological or not. This will address emotion and how it serves us on an evolutionary scale. I will introduce a different perspective regarding mechanisms and how we won’t need to program some duplicate representation of them in order to actually duplicate the functionality of them. There will be no video recording or webcast of this MeetUp. Note: TechShop charges for the use of the room so we will collect $0, $5, or $10 (sliding scale - pay what you can afford) in a can at the door. Note 2: When you RSVP you will be asked "Would you like to attend an AI Meetup on Oct. 14 where Monica Anderson gave an overview presentation about her views on AI. Note that it conflicts with the Singularity Summit Oct 13-14 in San Francisco (http://singularitysummit.com), $695 for both days". I would present this year's version of an overview of my theories named, simply "Artificial Intuition". It is quite compact and has slightly different emphasis than in the past, but as before, some algorithm details will remain trade secrets of Syntience Inc. and will not be discussed. If there is insufficient demand for a meetup on this date then I'll give my talk at some other opportunity but scheduling AI MeetUps this fall is quite tricky and I don't know if we can handle even four MeetUps in what remains of 2012. If you would attend to a MeetUp on Oct 14 but cannot attend this one, then please send me email since the RSVP system only asks the question if you reply "Yes".

    TechShop

    120 Independence Dr · Menlo Park, CA

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  • Some Questions Answered
    The title "All questions answered" was a seminar title sometimes used by Don Knuth while at Stanford and occasionally in other contexts. I like the title but I'll use the slightly less ambitious "Some questions answered" with the continuation "... mostly by audience members themselves". In other words, there is no topic for this MeetUp; We'll improvise again. Many of our most memorable, productive, and clarifying MeetUps have started with this premise. I will bring a few videos that we might view to get inspired or distracted by. No webcast, no video recording. Some of us go to Pizza Primo afterwards and continue the discussion. NOTE: TechShop wants us to pay about $5 per person for use of their excellent meeting room (which we have been allowed to use, free of charge, for over five years). I think this is perfectly reasonable, especially considering the recent and ongoing improvements to the facility, but I know some of you are students or otherwise not financially secure. I will therefore initially try to make this a soft requirement. I'll put out a can by the door. If you can, please put $5 in the can. If you make a lot of money or are independently wealthy, please put in $10. If there's more than $200 in the can then I'll take $20 myself to help pay MeetUp.com for the use of this website; I personally pay $144 per year for this service and have done so for five years. All (remaining) money in the can goes to TechShop. If you have any problems with this policy, please email me or take it up for discussion at the MeetUp. If there is not enough in the cans for TechShop to be happy (in the long run) then we may have to instate a pay-when-RSVP policy instead. I don't like that idea but I may occasionally decide to do that for major external speakers in order to keep the audience size down to what TechShop can handle (70 people).

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    120 Independence Dr · Menlo Park, CA

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  • Bring a Question
    I'll show a few short videos for starters and we'll discuss those for a while. The majority of time we'll discuss questions by the participants. If you feel up for it, please prepare a question or two. We will probe some deserving questions in some depth. This is not "a plan"; this is recognizing what typically happens. You can in fact submit a question ahead of time in the poll as you sign up. But replying to this is optional. But some questions are too deep and deserve their own MeetUps. Let me propose that we avoid questions about Consciousness, Embodiment, Reduction, Language Semantics, and Neuroscience since we've spent a lot of times on these lately and see if we can find something to talk about in the rest of the AI domain. No video recording, no webcast.

    TechShop

    120 Independence Dr · Menlo Park, CA

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  • Augustus Bacigalupi: Synthetic Cognition
    Augustus Bacigalupi will introduce his project of Synthetic Cognition. This project will create a self-adaptive system capable of assimilating and integrating complex patterns in order to perform increasingly useful work in a dynamic environment. Effectively, the creative powers of navigation and problem solving that have evolved over billions of years among countless animal species will be incorporated into a synthetic system that can be customized for innumerable human applications such as advanced robotics, prosthetics, gaming AIs, complex systems analysis, etc. The draft Research Proposal linked below describes both the theory and design of synthetic cognition. This Proposal articulates a schematic design that can be built and tested for self-adaptive behavior, which is rigorously defined by the theory. This talk will discuss why we have not explained cognition to date and how the theory and design process described by this project will significantly contribute to the cognitive sciences and AI. ------ Augustus Bacigalupi has studied environmental sciences, physical chemistry, architectural, circuit, and software design. His design practice has cross fertilized with his science education to manifest a new approach to cognition and AI. This inter-disciplinary approach has produced a draft Research Proposal. Through his research institute, IforAMtm, he has begun building and testing a prototype. As successive prototypes are refined they will be integrated into many practical applications. ------ For more information, please explore the links below: Research Proposal: http://iofam.net/media/publications Summary of Proposal: https://sites.google.com/site/iforamrandd/synthetic-cognition-a-summary IforAM: http://www.iforam.org/ Initial development: https://sites.google.com/site/iforamrandd/experiments The meetup will be video recorded but NOT webcast (note change).

    TechShop

    120 Independence Dr · Menlo Park, CA

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