Demystifying Deep Learning


Date: 09 April 2019

VenueTshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct

41 Juta Str, Braamfontein
South Africa



Are you new to deep learning and want to learn how to use it in your work?   Deep learning can achieve state-of-the-art accuracy in many humanlike tasks such as naming objects in a scene or recognising optimal paths in an environment.

The main tasks are to assemble large data sets, create a neural network, to train, visualise, and evaluate different models, using specialised hardware - often requiring unique programming knowledge. These tasks are frequently even more challenging because of the complex theory behind them.

In this seminar, we’ll demonstrate methods that simplify these tasks and eliminate the low-level programming. In doing so, we’ll decipher practical knowledge of the domain of deep learning.  We’ll build and train neural networks that recognise handwriting, classify food in a scene, and figure out the drivable area in a city environment.

Along the way, you’ll see features that make it easy to:

•   Manage extremely large sets of images
•   Visualise networks and gain insight into the black box nature of deep networks
•   Perform classification and pixel-level semantic segmentation on images
•   Import training data sets from networks such as GoogLeNet and ResNet
•   Import and use pre-trained models from TensorFlow and Caffe
•   Speed up network training with parallel computing on a cluster
•   Automate manual effort required to label ground truth
•   Automatically convert a model to CUDA to run on GPUs"


12:30 Registration & lunch
13:00 Keynote
13:15 Seminar
15:30 Q&A

About the Presenter

Loren Shure


Loren has worked at MathWorks for over 30 years. For the first 27 of these years, Loren co-authored several MathWorks products in addition to adding core functionality to MATLAB, including major contributions to the design of the MATLAB language. She is currently part of the Application Engineering team, enabling Loren to spend more time and energy working with customers.

Lorens graduated from MIT with a B.Sc. in physics and has a Ph.D. in marine geophysics from the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is a Senior Member of IEEE; and she is co-author on several patent inventions.  Loren writes about MATLAB on her blog, The Art of MATLAB.

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