Practical conference about ML, AI and Deep Learning applications
Machine Learning Prague 2018
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They’re among us We are in The ML Revolution age
Machines can learn. Incredibly fast. Faster than you. They are getting smarter and smarter every single day, changing the world we’re living in, our business and our life. The artificial intelligence revolution is here. Come, learn and make this threat your biggest advantage.
- 1 000+ Attendees
- 3 Days
- 45 Speakers
- 9 Workshops
- 2 Parties
Satoshi KondoHead of the Image Recognition Group, Konica Minolta
Satoshi Kondo received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at Osaka Prefecture University, Japan in 1990, 1992, and 2005, respectively. He joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (now Panasonic Corporation) in 1992. He currently is head of the image recognition group at Konica Minolta. His research interests include the fields of computer vision, medical image analysis, and machine learning.
Jacob BiamonteAssociate Professor, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
Jacob Biamonte is an American quantum physicist, quantum computer scientist, and professor at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. He is also the inaugural Lead of Skoltech’s Quantum Complexity Science Initiative. Biamonte has made several contributions to the theory and implementation of quantum computers. He was employed as one of the world’s first quantum software programmers at D-Wave Systems Inc. in Vancouver B.C., Canada. From this work, he published several celebrated proofs establishing the computational universality of specific quantum many-body ground states used in adiabatic quantum computing. He played a central role in developing aspects of contemporary quantum computing theory, including research recognized as pioneering the emerging field that unites quantum information with complex network theory and machine learning.
Amit SrivastavaDirector of Research Engineering, eBay
Amit Srivastava is the Director of research engineering in the New Product Division at eBay. He currently leads the eBay ShopBot and eBay Assistants initiatives, where he is exploring the application of cutting-edge artificial intelligence techniques to power multimodal and conversational experiences for eBay’s customers. His team focuses on the development and integration of algorithms in the areas of computer vision, speech recognition, machine translation, natural language understanding, knowledge base population and statistical inferencing, conversational dialog management, and natural language generation to develop e-commerce chatbots and digital assistants that will allow customers on multiple platforms to search and procure their version of perfect from eBay’s extensive product inventory.
Anna UkhanovaTechnical Program Manager, Google
Anna Ukhanova is one of Google’s research leads at the newly announced EMEA Research Center in Zurich, which focuses on machine learning research on a wide area of ML and AI related topics. Anna received a M.Sc. in Information and Communication Systems from St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation in Russia, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She is a grantee of the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation for research work in the field of visual perception.
Radim ŘehůřekMachine Learning & Search Expert, RaRe Technologies
Senior software developer and entrepreneur with a passion for machine learning, natural language processing, and information retrieval. Creator of Gensim – an open source Python library for topic modelling (word2vec, LDA, LSI). Building practical solutions for businesses for over a decade. Founder of RaRe Technologies, an R&D consulting company. He lives in SEA.
Etienne BernardLead Architect, Wolfram Research
Etienne Bernard is the manager of the machine learning team at Wolfram Research, where he focuses on developing machine learning functionalities for the Wolfram Language. His work aims to simplify the practice of machine learning in order to spread its usage. Etienne obtained a Ph.D. in physics from ENS Paris and worked as a postdoctoral scholar at MIT, where he designed Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms to solve physics problems.
Jonáš AmrichData Scientist, Jumpshot
Jonas received his MS in AI from the Czech Technical University in Prague, where he was also a part of a research team working on problems in the field of natural language processing. He is now a data scientist at Jumpshot, where he develops models that enable companies to get insights from billions of clicks each day.
Branislav KvetonSenior Machine Learning Scientist, Adobe Research
Branislav Kveton is a senior machine learning scientist at Adobe Research in San Jose, California. He designs, analyzes, and applies algorithms that learn incrementally, run in real time, and converge to near optimal solutions as the number of training examples increases. Most of his recent work is focused on online learning of structured problems, such as learning to rank, combinatorial bandits, and reinforcement learning.
Jan RomportlChief Data Scientist, O2 Czech Republic
Jan Romportl leads the data science activities at O2 Czech Republic, where his team uses novel approaches to tackle telco big data with advanced ML techniques. Jan’s background is in university research of AI, natural language processing, and human cognitive enhancement.
Jan PichlResearcher, eClub Prague
Jan Pichl works as a researcher at eClub Prague where he leads a team of students participating in Amazon Alexa Prize competition. They have developed a conversational bot named Alquist, which is one of the three finalists in the Alexa Prize competition. He is also a Ph.D. student in Natural Language Processing at the Czech Technical University.
Leonie MueckDivision Editor, Public Library of Science
Leonie is the Division Editor for Physical Sciences at the open access publisher and open science advocacy organisation PLOS. She obtained her doctorate in quantum chemistry from the University of Mainz in 2013. After co-founding a student-led journal for negative and null results, she became interested in publishing and the Open Access movement. After graduation, she worked as a manuscript editor for the journal Nature Communications and moved to Nature in 2014. There, she commissioned and handled work on machine learning applications within her remit of fundamental and mathematical physics. She started at PLOS in 2017, where she has been tasked with building a physical sciences division at the journal PLOS ONE.
Michal ReinšteinChief Scientist, SpaceKnow
Michal Reinštein leads the research as the Chief Scientist at SpaceKnow, where he is responsible for the implementation and deployment of machine (deep) learning cloud-based solutions to automated analysis of satellite imagery. With a Ph.D. in aerospace and a track record of publications in robotics, he works as an assistant professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague, FEE, Dept. Cybernetics.
Antonín HoskovecResearcher, Seznam.cz
Antonín Hoskovec is a research programmer at Seznam.cz, where he focuses on exploiting various ML techniques for statistical modeling. He is also a Ph.D. student at the Czech Technical University in Prague, where he was previously awarded a Master’s degree in Mathematical Engineering.
Michael LanzettaPrincipal Software Engineer, Microsoft
Michael Lanzetta is a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft with over 20 years of experience on projects involving Operations Research, Optimization, Forecasting, and recently Machine and Deep Learning. His background in multiple industries makes him well-suited for his current role - helping Fortune 100 companies realize business transformations using the power of Machine Learning and data at scale.
Charles ParkerVP Machine Learning Algorithms, BigML
Charles Parker is the Vice President of Machine Learning Algorithms at BigML. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oregon State University. He was previously a research associate at the Eastman Kodak Company where he applied machine learning to image, audio, video, and document analysis. He also worked as a research analyst for Allston Holdings, a proprietary stock trading company, developing statistically-based trading strategies for U.S. and European futures markets. His current work for BigML is in the areas of deep learning and bayesian parameter optimization.
Marek ModrýMachine Learning Engineer, CEAI
In 2014, Marek Modry co-founded Machine Learning Meetups (MLMU) the biggest AI/ML community in Central Europe. Marek was a member of the research team of Seznam.cz search engine, focusing mainly on ranking algorithms, information extraction and natural language processing. Recently, Marek has joined CEAI as a machine learning engineer where he is applying his experience to the problems that accompany the process of building vertical AI startups.
Ansu BagchiDirector, Merck
Ansu Bagchi leads the US Data Sciences and Applied Mathematics & Modeling groups at Merck. After earning his Ph.D. in Operations Research at Rutgers Center for Operations Research, he joined the Mathematical Sciences Faculty at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. For the last 18 years, Ansu has been using machine learning, and in general, applied mathematical techniques, to aid decision making for research and development (e.g. lead identification/optimization), manufacturing (e.g. process innovation/optimization), human health (e.g. market access, patient benefits), and various corporate business processes.
Practical & Inspiring Program
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Cloudera Data Science Workbench (1/2)
Johny Darkwah, Gauss Algorithmic
Machine Learning in the Wolfram Language
A dynamic and interactive workshop designed to take any user from a Wolfram Language beginner to being able to manipulate and use neural networks. Learn to utilise the existing library of neural networks for your own use using retraining, manipulation of those allows you to optimise them to a particular use-case. Already an expert in neural networks? Then delve into the pile of tools at hand to further edit or construct your own networks. Learn to use the Wolfram Language’s data import capabilities and Wolfram|Alpha integration to obtain data for use with the developed networks. All done within Wolfram’s notebook based development environment, allowing for easy manipulation and phased development of code.
Security in Internet of Things
Martin Bálek, Adam Hanka, Tomáš Trnka, Galina Alperovich, Martin Neznal; Avast
Internet of Things (IoT) has become a hot topic in IT security. In early 2017, a vast majority of network security experts expected an increase in IoT breaches within a year, which underlines a very important aspect: nobody is immune to IoT attacks. Join us in the Avast’s workshop on IoT security and experience the challenges of ML-based solutions in the security domain.. We will provide an update on the current state and guide you through the process of hardening security of a home network step by step. The main focus will be put on the structure of network data and ML algorithms that can be used for device recognition and detection of anomalous behavior of IoT devices. Showing examples of network communication between clean and infected IoT devices, we will discuss weaknesses and advantages of various ML methods in context of IoT network traffic security, explain necessary steps in data preprocessing, and comment on challenges with acquiring proper training data.
Deep Learning for Text Processing
Petr Baudis, Simon Pavlik; Rossum
Join us for our workshop and get hands-on experience with Neural Network models used in Natural Language Processing (NLP). We will introduce you to the most common Neural Nets and techniques used in NLP (bag-of-words, embeddings, CNNs and RNNs). You will get familiar with basic classification tasks performed on texts. Together we are going to build word level and character level models and use them to recognize entities in texts. We will be playing with some of the most popular tools like Keras and Tensorflow.
Recommender Systems at Seznam.cz
Ondrej Javornicky, Jakub Drdak, Matej Jakimov, Stanislav Nowak; Seznam.cz
Recommender Systems are probably the most visible application of machine learning. They are literally everywhere on the Internet. At Seznam.cz, most of what you can see on our website is now generated by some kind of recommender system. This workshop is an introduction into basic, but still very efficient, recommending methods such as Matrix factorization and logistic regression with practical tips for evaluation and how to apply them in practice on large scale. In the second part, you will have an opportunity to play with these methods on our dataset consisting of clicks from homepage of Seznam.cz.
Cloudera Data Science Workbench (2/2)
Johny Darkwah, Gauss Algorithmic
Big Data Science – Elucidation and Practice with Spark Algorithms
In this workshop we are going to get hands on Apache Spark for doing Big Data Science. You will get a prepared environment with everything you need so that we can start coding some examples. Complementary to this practical part, we will look into the algorithms already implemented for spark, focussing on the crucial features which make these algorithms scale to very big data. This workshop gives you ground work in theory and practice to develop your Big Data Science with spark.
Deep Learning for Music Classification using Keras
Alexander Schindler, Vienna University of Technology
Deep Learning has re-entered the field of Machine Learning with a big bang. Tasks that were difficult and cumbersome to solve are now simple to implement and achieve amazingly high accuracies. Deep Learning has shown substantial impact recently also in the domain of audio recognition and music classification. This tutorial will give a general introduction to Neural Networks, Convolutional Neural Networks, plus important concepts such as (batch-)normalization, training epochs, activation, loss, optimization, pooling, dropout, model fine-tuning, etc. and a tutorial on how to apply all of this on tasks of audio and music recognition using the convenient Python Keras framework on top of Tensorflow. It will use T-SNE for visualization and also cover unsupervised learning approaches such as Autoencoders as well as Siamese Networks.
Gensim: topic modelling for humans
Radim Rehurek, Ivan Menshikh; RaRe Technologies
Dig into the Python ecosystem for data science with a hands-on workshop. This workshop focuses on the open source tool Gensim, which is used for unstructured text processing by hundreds of companies around the world. The workshop is run by the maintainers of Gensim and requires a basic understanding of Python, but no prior knowledge of Gensim itself. We’ll cover the architecture and design of Gensim, its strong and weak points, tips for performance and building robust applications. Participants are expected to bring their own laptops, to follow the hands-on exercises. We’ll focus on vector embeddings, using the popular word2vec and fasttext algorithms. Dataset downloads will be specified in advance.
Air ticket relevancy prediction
Roman Rožník, Martin Mokrý, Kiwi.com
There are usually thousands of possibilities to get by plane from A to B (and back). We have to identify those that are convenient to our customers and get rid of the others. All that in startup company with biased, noisy or even missing data with little knowledge about customers. Insights into trying to do data science in crazy company. Hands on real data and real problems.
Conference day 1
Welcome to ML Prague 2018
Magic in the MachineAnna Ukhanova, Google (CH)
Google’s ongoing research in AI is what powers many of the products being used by hundreds of millions of people a day - from Translate to Photo Search to SmartReply for Inbox. One of the things that enables these advances is the extensive collaboration between the Google researchers in our offices across the world, all contributing their unique knowledge and disseminating ideas in state-of-the-art Machine Learning technologies and techniques in order to develop useful tools and products.
While we aim to provide everyday users with useful and innovative products, it is also important that we expand access to AI for other companies to use in their products as well.
In this talk Anna Ukhanova will speak about Google's approach to AI, collaborations with academia, our open-sourced Machine Learning platform TensorFlow and Cloud Machine Learning.
Symbolic Neural Networks & Automated Machine Learning in the Wolfram LanguageEtienne Bernard, Wolfram Research (USA)
As part of the Wolfram Language, we recently developed an original machine learning framework that can be used by both beginners and experts in the field. The framework includes a symbolic and functional neural network framework, a repository of pre-trained networks, and fully automated machine learning functions. I will give an overview of this framework, demonstrate its capabilities, and talk about the scientific and technical solutions used under the hood.
Really Automating Machine LearningCharles Parker, BigML (USA)
Machine learning practitioners would all love a method of providing the best classifier given some data, with no algorithm selection or parameter tuning required. New techniques in the research literature, especially Bayesian parameter optimization, hold the promise of being able to do exactly this, but having a method for doing a thing is very different to actually doing it. In the first half of this talk, I'll discuss the nuts and bolts of machine learning automation, including how to know when we've actually done it right. In the second half, I'll talk about why “automation” might only be a poor substitute for our actual goal.
Prospects in Quantum Enhanced Machine LearningJacob Biamonte, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (RUS)
Quantum mechanics offers tantalizing prospects to accelerate and improve certain machine learning tasks. Can these prospects be born out in practice? With rapid advancements in quantum processor technology, a vast international community has quickly formed to investigate the uses of current (medium sized and noisy) quantum processors. Some of the results look promising but challenges still remain. So exactly when will we see a quantum machine learning revolution?
Near-Optimal Interactive Recommender SystemsBranislav Kveton, Adobe Research (USA)
Recommender systems interact repeatedly with their users. For instance, Google’s search engine processes billions of search queries daily. This gives rise to the exploration-exploitation dilemma. The recommender system may decide to exploit, recommended the best choice under its potentially-suboptimal current model of the user; or to explore, recommend suboptimal choices under the current model that allow the algorithm to improve its model, for instance from the clicks of the user. Multi-armed bandits are a principled way of dealing with the exploration-exploitation dilemma. In this talk, we introduce stochastic multi-armed bandits and show how to use them to design real-world recommender systems. These problems have multiple challenges. The space of recommended content is typically exponentially large, there are L^K lists of K web pages out of L. In addition, the responses of users are subject to strong biases. In particular, the user often does not click on the web page because other recommended web pages are better, not because this particular web page is bad.
Dimensionality Reduction for Guaranteed Display AdvertisingAntonín Hoskovec, Seznam.cz (CZ)
Guaranteed display advertising has been an area of vivid interest over the recent years. Advertising agencies want to be able to make a contract with advertisers for a certain number of impressions and then to honor it. Guessing the number of impressions with a given target audience then becomes a necessity.
Personal Shopping Assistants for Conversational CommerceAmit Srivastava, eBay (USA)
Shoppers are increasingly engaging in new modes of interaction such as messaging and voice. To provide our customers with a personalized experience across multiple engagement endpoints, eBay has embarked on a journey to develop AI-powered personal shopping assistants. In this talk, we will highlight the many ways we are leveraging big data and machine learning to enable conversational commerce at eBay.
Calibration of the web browsing trafficJonáš Amrich, Jumpshot (CZ)
Jumpshot has a large datastream of web browser activities of an international panel. To produce accurate estimates of aggregate metrics, we need to calibrate from our data, a fraction of the actual web traffic, to its true value for any particular country, platform, domain and day. For precise calibration, correction of bias of our panelists is inevitable task that traditionally requires knowledge about both panelists and the whole population, which is not available in our case. Popular approach is to utilize sophisticated learning methods that produce phenomenological models with high accuracy but low interpretability. Contrary to that, our story shows that simpler but mathematically sound microscopical model can outperform such models and provide more clarity at the same time.
Machine learning in LogisticsDHL
The future is now. And not only does DHL want to be part of it – it wants to be the driver of change.
To deal with the challenges and opportunities of Digital transformation, DHL is utilizing Machine learning in the areas of optimization of last-mile delivery to improve the end user experience to predicting and forecasting the end-to-end supply chain. In DHL IT Services we are applying machine learning to address these opportunities and we have also identified a wide range of use case to optimize our IT service monitoring, ticket auto-routing or discovery of security incidents.
Conference day 2
Computer vision technology in Konica Minolta’s Care Support SolutionSatoshi Kondo, Konica Minolta (JAP)
Konica Minolta launched Care Support Solution, a monitoring system for nursing care workflow innovation, in 2016. The Sensor Box, which is the core of the system, performs 24-hour monitoring using near-infrared and microwave sensors. If a patient sits up on the bed, leaves the bed, falls down, or falls out of the bed, nursing staff are notified via a smartphone with video display. The staff can also use their smartphones to input care records or vital-sign data on the spot and share them instantly. By providing one-stop total innovation that covers both the nursing care frontlines and administrative work such as record keeping, the Care Support Solution offers greater efficiency for the entire nursing care operation. In this talk, the concept of the Care Support Solution and the computer vision technologies used in the system are introduced.
Open Science challenges for Machine Learning in HealthcareLeonie Mueck, Public Library of Science (UK)
Being open and transparent about scientific developments and discoveries is important for any discipline. In healthcare it is crucial: given their huge societal impact, openness can make or break the success of new therapies and drugs. Applying machine learning methods in healthcare poses new challenges to openness, for example due to the black-box nature of algorithms or due to privacy concerns. In this talk, I will give a brief overview over how machine learning methods are being applied in clinically relevant settings, what the open science challenges are and how possible solutions may look like.
Role of Machine Learning in Pharmaceutical IndustryAnsu Bagchi, Merck (USA)
Machine learning, together with related modeling tools like big data analytics, predictive modeling, and data mining, has been an effective medium to answer scientific questions and aid drug discovery. Over the last decade, this capability has widened its role in pharmaceutical companies to also address problems in manufacturing, marketing, and business decision making. This presentation will outline the strategic importance of machine learning with a few examples.
What’s wrong with academic research?Radim Řehůřek, RaRe Technologies (CZ)
Machine learning has become red-hot with hype, but the world of academic research is still worlds apart from the pragmatic demands of the industry. This talk focuses on the obstacles that the research and open source community face in becoming more widely applicable and useful outside of the academic niche.
Social Good at Cloud ScaleMichael Lanzetta, Microsoft (USA)
Deep Learning has the chance to be a massive force for good in the world, and I’ll discuss some of our projects in that area: Finding disaster victims using facial recognition, helping quantify the impact of illegal mining in Ghana, and tracking endangered species. We’ll take a look at the problems, their solutions, how we scale out model training on the cloud, and how we deploy solutions in the cloud for operation at scale – and I’ll point you to the open-source repositories so you can do it yourself.
The Alexa Prize SocialbotJan Pichl, eClub Prague (CZ)
Alquist is one of the three chatbots which were selected as the Alexa Prize finalist. Its task is to maintain a coherent and engaging conversation with a user about popular topics (movies, sports, news, music, etc.), and it uses a combination of generative and retrieval approaches to balance the advantages of both of the methods. It has been developed for more than a year by a group of 5 students. We will describe the Alquist architecture with all the NLP techniques we used as well as all the obstacles we encountered during the Alexa Prize competition.
SpaceKnow: Using deep learning to monitor Earth from spaceMichal Reinštein, SpaceKnow (CZ)
In this talk we’ll explore how we combine machine learning algorithms and computer vision techniques with the latest cloud technologies for semantic segmentation, object detection and classification on multi-spectral multi-resolution satellite images. We’re developing a proprietary, scalable platform and frameworks enabling reproducible multi-GPU training and massively parallelized prediction, aiming to deliver global geospatial intelligence. Our production system is a single-point access to the world’s largest satellite providers, including DigitalGlobe, Airbus, Planet, and Urthecast, offering real-time, on-demand analytics through APIs and an web application.
Joyful Machine Learning Over Telco DataJan Romportl, O2 Czech Republic (CZ)
Machine learning is daily bread for the Data Science team at O2 and it has been applied in many projects and data products, both for internal and external business clients. However, some of these ML efforts stand out by being extremely rewarding for us not necessarily in terms of business success, but in terms of pure joy of trying something that not many in the telco domain have tried before, and perhaps seeing some fascinating or surprising results. This talk will thus be exactly about such cases.
Taking down ML pain pointsMarek Modrý, CEAI (CZ)
At CEAi, we don’t like repetitive or tedious work. On the other hand, we like to build cool stuff that simplifies our lives. That's why we decided to get rid of some pain points that are pervasive in machine learning. “I trained a model 6 months ago … which data did I use again? What parameters did I try?” Don’t tell my boss but let’s be honest: usually, I can’t remember. Hence my motivation to talk about our effort to build a system that facilitates reproducibility, automates validation, testing, auditing and continuously searches for the next best model. In addition to this, the system will use active learning strategies to shorten the total time to model deployment and reduce load on annotator pools.
Have a great time Prague, the city that never sleeps
A unique capital where you can breathe centuries of history at every corner. We’ll take a tour to explore the sights, invite you to taste the best pivos (that’s beer in Czech) and bring you back to the present by clubbing with you the whole night!
Now the seat of the Czech Philharmonic, the Rudolfinum is a Neo-renaissance building associated with music and art since 1885 and only used for truly outstanding purposes. The comfort, acoustics, and design makes it the greatest venue in the whole of Europe and it’s available for us.
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- Practical and advanced level talks led by top experts
- 2 parties in the city with people from around the world. Let’s go wild!
- Traditional Czech food throughout the conference
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Friday party 19:00
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