Is "Deep Learning" really a Big Deal?
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  Dave Sullivan   Dave Sullivan
Blackcloud BSG


Wednesday, August 19, 2015
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM

Level:  Technical - Intermediate

Deep learning and neural networks are all the rage lately. Many people in academia and industry are saying they are the next big thing. But are they really? Join us as we examine recent results at the cutting edge of deep learning research to see if deep learning is really going to be everything it's cracked up to be.

Dave Sullivan is the primary architect of Ersatz and an expert in deep learning and neural networks. Ersatz rose out of his frustration with existing tools for deep learning. He wanted something that he could iterate with quickly but found himself getting bogged down by implementation details and unable to experiment quickly enough. Instead, he imagined a tool that would provide a variety of standard models, accept a variety of standard data formats, and return solutions in a variety of formats. It would all work over the internet and be backed by high end GPU servers. It would focus on deep learning and provide tools specific to deep learning workflows. And so Ersatz was born. Dave has a degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is an organizer of the San Francisco Neural Network Aficionados meetup group. See more at:

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