Agenda

Deep Learning World 2020

May 31-June 4, 2020


Click here to view the full 7-track agenda for the five co-located conferences at Machine Learning Week (PAW Business, PAW Financial, PAW Healthcare, PAW Industry 4.0, and Deep Learning World).

All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT/UTC-7)

Pre-Conference Workshops - Sunday, May 31st, 2020

7:30 am
Pre-Conference Training Workshop

Full-day: 8:00am – 3:00pm

This one day workshop reviews major big data success stories that have transformed businesses and created new markets. Click workshop title above for the fully detailed description. 

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Leaders
Vladimir Barash
Director
Graphika
Marc Smith
Chief Social Scientist
Connected Action Consulting Group
Pre-Conference Training Workshop

Full-day: 7:30am – 3:30pm

Gain experience driving R for predictive modeling across real examples and data sets. Survey the pertinent modeling packages.  Click workshop title above for the fully detailed description. 

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Leader
Robert MuenchenUniversity of Tennessee
Manager of Research Computing Support
University of Tennessee
3:30 pm
End of Sunday Pre-Conference Training Workshops
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Pre-Conference Workshops - Monday, June 1st, 2020

7:15 am
Pre-Conference Training Workshop

Full-day: 7:15am – 2:30pm

This one-day session surveys standard and advanced methods for predictive modeling (aka machine learning). Click workshop title above for the fully detailed description. 

Session description
Leader
John Elder Ph.D.Elder Research
Founder & Chair
Elder Research
Pre-Conference Training Workshop

Full-day: 8:00am –3:00pm

Python leads as a top machine learning solution – thanks largely to its extensive battery of powerful open source machine learning libraries. It’s also one of the most important, powerful programming languages in general. Click workshop title above for the fully detailed description. 

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Leader
Clinton BrownleyWhatsApp
Data Scientist
WhatsApp
Pre-Conference Training Workshop

Full-day: 8:00am –3:00pm

Machine learning improves operations only when its predictive models are deployed, integrated and acted upon – that is, only when you operationalize it.  Click workshop title above for the fully detailed description. 

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Leader
James TaylorDecision Management Solutions
CEO
Decision Management Solutions
3:00 pm
End of Monday Pre-Conference Training Workshops
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Deep Learning World - Las Vegas - Day 1 - Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

8:00 am
Eric SiegelPredictive Analytics World
Conference Founder
Predictive Analytics World
8:10 am
MACHINE LEARNING WEEK KEYNOTE
Lessons from: Microsoft

A veteran applying deep learning at the likes of Apple, Bosch, GE, Microsoft, Samsung, and Stanford, Mohammad Shokoohi-Yekta kicks off Machine Learning Week 2020 by addressing these Big Questions about deep learning and where it's headed:

  • Late-breaking developments applying deep learning in retail, financial services, healthcare, IoT, and autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles
  • Why time series data is The New Big Data and how deep learning leverages this booming, fundamental source of data
  • What's coming next and whether deep learning is destined to replace traditional machine learning methods and render them outdated
Session description
Speaker
Mohammad Shokoohi-YektaMicrosoft
Senior Data Scientist
Microsoft
8:35 am
MACHINE LEARNING WEEK KEYNOTE
Lessons from: Google

As principles purporting to guide the ethical development of Artificial Intelligence proliferate, there are questions on what they actually mean in practice. How are they interpreted? How are they applied? How can engineers and product managers be expected to grapple with questions that have puzzled philosophers since the dawn of civilization, like how to create more equitable and fair outcomes for everyone, and how to understand the impact on society of tools and technologies that haven't even been created yet. To help us understand how Google is wrestling with these questions and more, Jen Gennai, Head of Responsible Innovation at Google, will run through past, present and future learnings and challenges related to the creation and adoption of Google's AI Principles.

Session description
Speaker
Jen GennaiGoogle
Head of Responsible Innovation, Global Affairs
Google
9:00 am

As the economy continues its uncertain path, businesses have to expand reliance on data to make sound decisions that directly impact the business - from managing cash flow to planning product promotion strategies, the use of data is at the heart of mitigating the risks of a recession as well as planning for a recovery. Predictive Analytics, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML), has always been at the forefront of using data for planning. Still, most companies struggle with the techniques, tools, and with lack of resources needed to develop and deploy predictive analytics in meaningful ways. Join dotData CEO, Ryohei Fujimaki to learn how automation can help Business Intelligence teams develop and add AI and ML-powered technologies to their BI stack through AutoML 2.0, and how organizations of all sizes can solve the predictive analytics challenge in just days without adding additional resources or expertise.

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Sponsored by
dotData
Speaker
Ryohei Fujimaki PhDdotData
Founder & CEO
dotData
9:20 am
Break
9:30 am
KEYNOTE
Case Study: Standard Cognition

At Standard Cognition we are solving the problem of automated scene understanding for cashierless checkout.  Building and maintaining machine learning systems that can be deployed to hundreds of stores poses many machine learning and engineering challenges.  

While many canonical problems in the deep learning literature have focused on solutions that are comprised of a single network or an ensemble of networks for a fixed dataset, a production system may have multiple, modular models that cascade into each other and are trained and evaluated on moving datasets. Such systems of modular deep neural networks have advantages in sample complexity, development scalability through division of labor, and deployment scalability through reusable and testable intermediate outputs, but come at the cost of managing additional complexity.  

Through ensuring reproducible and shareable data-dependent state, we improve our ability to make continuous progress in arbitrarily complex multi-model systems, especially as Standard Cognition scales in number of developers and amount of data.

Session description
Speaker
Sean HendryxStandard Cognition
Machine Learning Engineer
Standard Cognition
10:15 am
Break
10:25 am
Large Scale Deployed Deep Learning

For 6sense’s machine learning models, a person’s level and function is an important feature in predicting if a lead will move to an open opportunity and/or closed won. Often, only a job title is available. A human can deduce their associated level and function relatively easily but becomes a large effort at scale. With millions of jobs needing classification on a daily basis, we moved from a rules-based SQL string-matching method to utilizing LSTM neural networks. Our implementation of these deep learning models can now classify a job title’s level and function with greater accuracy, speed, and usability.

Session description
Speakers
Justin Chien
Senior Data Scientist
6sense
Rohit Kewalramani
Data Scientist
6Sense Insights Inc.
11:10 am
Break
11:20 am
Large Scale Deployed Deep Learning
Case Study: Genesys Telecommunication Labs

Genesys PureCloud supports ~100k users making over 60M API calls every day and the volume of data requires an automated system to detect "insider threat" based on user behavior. Because there are few if any examples of this behavior, we developed an anomaly detection system based on deep-learning: in particular, using Transformer networks to learn the probability of a given API call based on a sequence of previous API calls. We compare the detection capability with simpler models (such as Markov chains) and show how anomaly detection can give real-time threat prediction.

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Speaker
Anthony AlfordGenesys
Lead Software Engineer
Genesys
12:05 pm

Ari Kaplan will talk about his real-life Moneyball experiences of disruption in Major League Baseball front offices - and how artificial intelligence will disrupt every business industry. Having helped lead the adoption of data science throughout baseball, including creating the Chicago Cubs analytics department, he will lead lively discussion on how winning in baseball translates to winning across other industries, overcoming cultural resistance, and doing analytics at scale and velocity to win the race.

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Sponsored by
DataRobot
Speaker
Ari KaplanDataRobot
Director, Marketing
DataRobot
12:25 pm
Break
12:45 pm
Techniques and Results
Case Study: Shell

Data Science in general and Deep Learning in particular continue to reshape the future of the Energy sector across various segments. From exploration, development and production to downstream and new energies business, measurable value of digitalization has been observed in both efficiencies and savings. Deep Learning is one of the key underlying enablers for creating competitive advantage. This presentation provides an overview of some of use case applications and lessons learned from establishing a platform that progress ideas to embedded business enablers.

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Speaker
Mohamed SidahmedShell Oil Company
Machine Learning and AI Manager
Shell
1:30 pm
Break
1:40 pm
Large Scale Deployed Deep Learning
Case study: Facebook

Large scale distributed training has become an essential element to scaling the productivity for ML engineers. Today, ML models are getting larger and more complex in terms of compute and memory requirements. The amount of data we train on at Facebook is huge. This talk outlines distributed training platform that is used in large scale ranking models across Facebook. In this talk, we will learn about the distributed training platform to support large scale data and model parallelism. The talk will also touch base on how this platform is used to express large scale models (Ads ranking, news feed ranking, search, etc), the system used to train this model, and production considerations. You will also learn about the distributed training support for PyTorch and how we are offering a flexible training platform for ML engineers to increase their productivity at facebook scale.

Session description
Speaker
Manoj Kumar KrishnanFacebook
Software Engineer and Tech Lead
Facebook
2:25 pm
Break
2:35 pm
Large Scale Deployed Deep Learning
Case study: Nauto

Road traffic crashes have reached epidemic proportions with 1.35 million deaths and over 50 million people injured in 2018. It’s no surprise that, according to internal company data, 70 percent of severe collisions involve a distracted driver. That means, in the midst of developing driverless cars for the distant future, we must prioritize keeping drivers and pedestrians safe today. The first step: reduce distracted driving and re-train drivers to focus on the road.

To make roads safer, it’s imperative to have technology that is proven to help fleets and commercial drivers across the globe. Nauto, the only company with real-time AI-powered Driver Behavior Learning Platform that helps predict and prevent high-risk driving events, has created technology to improve and change driver behavior and reduce distracted driving. Nauto’s AI analyzes billions of data points from millions of miles driven to provide accurate insights to improve driver safety.  
  
In this session, Shweta Shrivastava and Piyush Chandra will dive into how automakers and fleets can utilize the power of AI on the edge to better assess risky driver behavior and provide real-time solutions for drivers while creating safer roads. They will also explore the best practices organizations can take when building and training AI models for driver safety initiatives. 

Session description
Speakers
Piyush ChandraNauto
AI Product Management
Nauto
Shweta ShrivastavaNauto
Chief Product Officer
Nauto
3:20 pm
Techniques and Results
Case study: REI Systems

US is affected by severe natural disasters annually. It is important to estimate the damage quickly in order to respond with adequate measures. Current analytical bottleneck occurs due to manual review of the post-disaster areal imagery. Our goal was to develop an algorithm to detect damaged buildings in satellite images.

We used semantic segmentation techniques to train custom models for buildings detection and further damage assessment. We have split the problem into building localization and roof damage detection. Custom roof damage dataset has been created containing 3,000+ images from hurricane Michael satellite images.

Session description
Speakers
Nikolay SorokinREI Systems
Data Scientist
REI Systems
Zulfiqar AhmedREI Systems
Associate Data Analyst
REI Systems
4:05 pm
Techniques and Results
Case study: Facebook

The vast majority of machine learning is supervised learning. Supervised learning can tell us what will happen, but it can't tell us what to do. Let's call that area of machine learning "reasoning", and it compliments supervised learning to power some of the world's most popular websites. Deep reinforcement learning has shown to be incredibly promising reasoning tool.

This talk will cover a variety of approaches to reasoning, including hand-written rules, black box optimization, multi-armed bandits, and deep reinforcement learning. The talk will also introduce ReAgent, an end-to-end open source platform for reasoning and deep RL, and how Facebook is using it for growth campaigns, ad coupons, infrastructure optimization and novel approaches to recommendations ranking.

Session description
Speaker
Jason GauciFacebook
Engineering Manager
Facebook
4:50 pm
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Deep Learning World - Las Vegas - Day 2 - Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

8:10 am
KEYNOTE
Case Study: The Vanguard Group

Marketing leads are exposed numerous channels, creating complex cross-channel relationships and making effectiveness of the campaign difficult to comprehend and execute. Are there some path-sequences that are better at driving leads than others? To answer this question, we at The Vanguard Group build Bayesian based RNN models and conduct path analysis for marketing campaigns. This presentation will detail how the Bayesian approach to RNN models makes them robust in the presence of noise and uncertainties. We'll go on to show how we interpret the results and make them actionable by visualizing the latent space and performing ‘Next best Action’ on the potential leads, maximizing the impact of channel treatments towards any desired outcome.

Session description
Speaker
Vishal HawaThe Vanguard Group
Principal Scientist
The Vanguard Group
8:55 am

Until a machine learning model is in production, it’s a cost center for a business, consuming time, skilled people, money, and equipment. When machine learning models go into operational systems, that turns around. Projects show powerful business value. But that final hurdle is the point of failure for far too many projects. Even then, the job isn’t done. The need to continually score, manage, and update with new models never stops.

Learn how to rapidly get deep learning models hooked into operational data architectures with PMML, and manage models as an integral part of the process.

Session description
Sponsored by
Vertica
Speaker
Paige RobertsVertica
Open Source Relations Manager
Vertica
9:15 am
Break
9:25 am
Techniques and Results

Generative approaches enable creating numerous scenarios coherent with the reality, as long as the representations are good approximations of the real world. In this talk, I will discuss my work at Purdue, DeepScale, and Facebook in extracting such generative representations from 2D and 3D data for mapping, modeling, and reconstruction of spatial data and urban models; combining computer vision, machine learning, and computational geometry for shape understanding. In the second part of the talk, I will introduce FakeCatcher, a unique system that detects deep fake videos in the wild, with high accuracy. I will conclude by showcasing how generative approaches can be utilized in our volumetric capture stage at Intel Studios.


Session description
Speaker
Ilke DemirIntel
Senior Research Scientist
Intel
10:10 am
Break
10:20 am
Large Scale Deployed Deep Learning
Case Study: PayPal

The session will cover some applications and use-cases of Deep Learning as applicable to large-scale payments fraud detection. Such e-commerce is inherently heterogeneous with multi-objective criteria replete with diverse and ever-evolving fraud patterns, as also in need of quick transaction adjudication timelines to enhance customer experience. Furthermore, traditional machine learning as applicable to such problems involves domain-centric assumptions, as also manually engineered feature spaces with redundancy and correlation. The talk will elaborate upon multiple problem formulations involving deep learning methods for applications such as robust temporal representation learning and multi-task learning across different sub-populations. Methods based on generative modeling with multiple objectives such as reducing the decline of good users while sustaining a high fraud catch rate will be also be covered

Session description
Speaker
Nitin SharmaPayPal
Senior Research Scientist
PayPal
11:05 am
Break
11:15 am
Large Scale Deployment
Case study: Walmart

Anomaly detection has many applications, such as intrusion detection, fraud detection, video surveillance, and IoT sensor data. Deep Anomaly Detection (DAD) performs exceptionally well on image data and sequential data, and it is essential for feature extraction when the data scale is large, i.e., over a terabyte. Le Zhang investigates various traditional and deep anomaly detection algorithms and their applications at Walmart. Le has applied anomaly detection techniques to many business problems, including fraud detection, abnormal spending detection, and irregular demand identification. In this session, you will learn different anomaly detection techniques and their performance on various datasets.

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Speaker
Le ZhangWalmart
Data Scientist
Walmart
12:00 pm
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12:10 pm
Break
12:30 pm
Techniques and Results
Case Study: eBay Corporation

A major drawback of employing DNNs in practical settings is that with millions of parameters to be trained they require access to a massive amount of data. We use a state-of-the-art technique called Cross-language Transfer Leaning to alleviate the cold-start problem in NLP DL models for predicting best shipping in emerging markets. Although the language, the prediction tasks and the network architectures are quite different across markets, we exhibit how we can utilize the learned features in one network to significantly improve the accuracy score in the target network/market.

Session description
Speaker
Navid ImanieBay
Applied Researcher
eBay
1:15 pm
Break
1:25 pm
Techniques and Results
Case Study: Verizon

Recent success of sequence based deep learning models on NLP tasks have drawn attention to their application in time series data analysis. At Verizon, we are exploring RNN, LSTM models to solve our business problems involving time series data. Verizon has rich time series data sets on network cell site performance, customer experience and geospatial information. In my talk, I will discuss how we are analyzing these datasets using deep learning techniques to:

  • Improve nationwide customer experience
  • Improve network performance
  • Optimize capital allocation
Session description
Speaker
Shams ZamanVerizon
Principal Data Scientist
Verizon
2:10 pm
Break
2:20 pm
Techniques and Results
Case Study: Google

Many organizations respond to inquiries, whether internal or external, over text chats or support tickets. Frequently, the answers to these questions can be found in knowledge bases. We’ll discuss how we at Google approached automatically suggesting the most relevant knowledge base articles using dual encoders and deep learning-based natural language processing. We’ll talk through how this fits into the machine learning project lifecycle, with examples of common pitfalls.


Session description
Speaker
Patrick MillerGoogle
Software Engineering Manager
Google
3:05 pm
Techniques and Results
Case Study: Facebook

The talk covers use cases, special challenges and solutions for building Interpretable and Secure AI systems using Pytorch. 
You will learn about:

  • Tools for building Interpretable models
  • How to build secure, privacy preserving AI models with Pytorch?
  • Use cases and insights from the field
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Speaker
Geeta ChauhanFacebook
AI Partnerships
Facebook
3:50 pm
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Post-Conference Workshops - Thursday, June 4th, 2020

7:15 am
Post-Conference Training Workshop

Full-day: 7:15am – 2:30pm

This one-day session reveals the subtle mistakes analytics practitioners often make when facing a new challenge (the “deadly dozen”), and clearly explains the advanced methods seasoned experts use to avoid those pitfalls and build accurate and reliable models.  Click workshop title above for the fully detailed description.

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Leader
John Elder Ph.D.Elder Research
Founder & Chair
Elder Research
Post-Conference Training Workshop

Full-day: 8:00am –3:00pm

Gain the power to extract signals from big data on your own, without relying on data engineers and Hadoop specialists. Click workshop title above for the fully detailed description.

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Leader
James Casaletto
PhD Candidate
UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute and former Senior Solutions Architect, MapR
Post-Conference Training Workshop

Full-day: 8:00am –3:00pm

This workshop dives into the key ensemble approaches, including Bagging, Random Forests, and Stochastic Gradient Boosting. Click workshop title above for the fully detailed description.

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Leader
Dean AbbottSmarterHQ
Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist
SmarterHQ
Post-Conference Training Workshop

Full-day: 8:00am –3:00pm

During this workshop, you will gain hands-on experience deploying deep learning on Google’s TPUs (Tensor Processing Units) at this one-day workshop, scheduled the day immediately after the Deep Learning World and Predictive Analytics World two-day conferences.  Click workshop title above for the fully detailed description.

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Leader
Drew HodunGoogle
Machine Learning Specialist - Google Cloud
Google
3:00 pm
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