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MLGdańsk #132 – How to transform a notebook model into a system pipeline

MLGdańsk online meeting will be held on Monday, 2022.10.03, at 18:00 CEST.

link to the meeting:

Our speaker will be:
Francisco Pinto-Santos, MSc

The topic of the talk is:
How to transform a notebook model into a system pipeline

“In the world of data analysis, there is a lot of information on the Internet about building models of various kinds to solve all kinds of problems. However, when a complex model is developed, it is necessary to implement it in a software system.

In this step, most of the people dedicated to data science, need the help of software architects and engineers, MLOps, etc. Therefore, in this workshop, we intend to show the first steps to identify how to segment a model in processing stages, and implement a distributed pipeline, managed by basic continuous integration techniques, allowing the creation and maintenance of a comprehensive system that serves the model.

To do so, we will first introduce the concept of microservice architectures and event-driven architectures, and then explain what an event broker is and start working with a real one, Apache Kafka.

Once the work base is established, we will teach how to create microservices in Python integrated with Apache Kafka, with a model (or part of it) integrated in these, as well as the necessary scripts for the continuous integration of these.

Finally, we will explain the possibilities offered when integrating ingest, storage, etc. so that attendees can expand their knowledge in this area later.”

The meeting is open to all interested – feel free to join!

MLGdańsk #131 – Legal Document Summarization and AI Explainability

MLGdańsk online meeting will be held on Monday, 2022.09.19, at 18:00 CEST.

link to the meeting:

Our speaker:
Claudia Schulz, PhD
Thomson Reuters Labs

The topic of the talk is:
Legal Document Summarization and AI Explainability

“Legal research is a highly manual and time-consuming process. Legal professionals, for example, have to read court cases that are up to 100 pages long, just to identify the most important aspects in order to decide whether their firm should represent the case.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques like information extraction and summarisation thus provide great opportunities to save law firms time. However, applying NLP to legal documents is highly challenging due to the domain-specific terminology and variability in the legal document layout.

In this talk, we show how Thomson Reuters Labs tackles these challenges and present our work on summarising court cases and providing human-understandable explanations thereof.”

The meeting is open to all interested – feel free to join!


PS: More information about Thomson Reuters Labs and current job openings:

MLGdańsk #130 – AI Governance, Standards and Regulation for a Trustworthy AI ecosystem

MLGdańsk online meeting will be held on Monday, 2022.09.05, at 18:00 CEST.

link to the meeting:

Our speaker:
Dr. Ansgar Koene
Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader at EY

The topic of the talk is:
AI Governance, Standards and Regulation for a Trustworthy AI ecosystem

“The increasing use of algorithmic decision-making technologies (colloquially referred to as “AI”) in industry, commerce and public service provision are giving rise to concerns about potential negative impacts on individuals (e.g. algorithmic discrimination bias) and the wider socio-economic fabric of society (e.g. displacement of jobs).

With trust in the technology being cited as a key barrier for successful deployment, both in the public and private sector, there is a growing push toward translating AI ethics principles into actionable practice.

This talk will review current initiatives towards the development of AI governance frameworks, ethics and oversight related standards and regulations, and discuss the role each of these can play within a wider ecosystem of trustworthiness for the use of AI.”

The meeting is open to all interested – feel free to join!

MLGdańsk #125 – AI for autonomy of blind and visually impaired people

MLGdańsk online meeting will be held on Monday, 2022.05.09, at 18:00 CET.

link to the meeting:

The topic of his talk is:
AI for autonomy of blind and visually impaired people

Our speakers:
Artur Godlewski, Jarosław Mąka, Monika Falk, dr Wojciech Figiel, Agnieszka Mikołajczyk

They represent Zatoichi company

Few words about presentation:
“We would like to talk about our development of an application for blind that will read expiration dates from food packages.

Moreover we will talk about how it is connected with the autonomy of blind and visually impaired people.”

Our meetings are open for all interested – feel free to join!

MLGdańsk #121 – Predicting the Unpredictable: Mathematical Models and the Covid 19 Pandemic

MLGdańsk online meeting be take place on Monday, 2022.03.07, at 18:00 CET

link to meeting:

Our speaker will be prof. Tyll Krüger

The topic of his talk is:
Predicting the Unpredictable: Mathematical Models and the Covid 19 Pandemic

Abstract of the presentation:
“Predicting the future of the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging task and can not be done without mathematical models describing the progression of the epidemic.

Despite large uncertainties about epidemiological relevant medical and social key parameters, mathematical models can provide deep insights into the dependency of the epidemic dynamics on those parameters.

Epidemiological models can furthermore be used to develop and improve rational strategies for controlling the COVID-19 epidemics.

We focus in the talk on fundamental mathematical features of individual based epidemic models and highlight the close relation to problems in percolation and random graph theory.

We emphasize the special role of households and discuss some results and conjectures in first passage percolation and their impact on epidemic processes.

Finally we present some outcomes of the MOCOS microsimulation model for the COVID -19 epidemic in Poland and Germany and reflect on problems related to model based policy advice for epidemic control.”

Serdecznie zapraszamy!

44th meeting – introduction to RNNs

Meeting was held on 25.06.2018.

The meeting had a form of mini-course focused on Recurrent Neural Networks. The presenter was Karol Draszawka

Karol’s description of course:

“This course presents the basics of Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) in the context of sequence labelling problems. The need for RNNs is shown first. After that, basic RNNs architecture and the training algorithm Backpropagation Through Time (BPTT) are given in theory and implemented using Tensorflow primitives. Considatations about problems with such basic RNNs leads to the design of refined RNN architectures, such as LSTM and GRU, which are next implemented, also from Tensorflow primitives. Lastly, some examples and tips for using RNNs for real problems are given.”

Our next meeting is on 9th July 2018. All ML Enthusiasts are welcome to join us!

Machine Learning Hackathon in Gdańsk

ML Gdańsk together with HACKER:SPACE Trójmiasto has organized Machine Learning Hackathon in Gdańsk. This event has been sponsored by PredictX. It was very energetic and collaborative meeting:
  • 2 coaches,
  • 20 attendees,
  • 2 different problems (classification & regression),
  • 6 hours of collaboration and networking.
All attendees has decided on classification problem:
Hackathon summary on Piotr W. blog (in Polish):
Information on the event’s sponsor:
  • PredictX delivers big data, machine learning, and decision automation services to data-reliant industries, in particular financial services, procurement, retail, travel and healthcare. Using embedded intelligence and data visualisation technology, PredictX continuously drive cost savings, operational efficiencies and revenue growth. PredictX supports clients in capturing, cleaning and compiling their data from multiple sources from within and outside the business. More:

40½ Meeting – The Deep Learning Revolution: From Technology to Impact

10 May (Thursday) – special meeting, due to the special guest – Chris Rowen – who visited Gdańsk and presented passionate talk about the machine learning revolution, accelerating startups, and especially about his new startup – BabbleLabs.

Chris is a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technologist, now serving as co-founder and CEO of BabbleLabs. He has led Cognite Ventures, a specialized analysis, investment and advisory company for deep learning start-ups. He has served as CTO for Cadence’s IP Group, where he and his team develop new processor and memory for advanced applications in mobile, automotive, infrastructure, deep learning and IoT systems. Chris joined Cadence after its acquisition of Tensilica, the company he founded to develop extensible processors. He led Tensilica as CEO and later, CTO, to become one of the most prolific embedded processor architectures.

Before founding Tensilica in 1997, he was VP and GM of the Design Reuse Group at Synopsys. Chris also was a pioneer in developing RISC architecture and helped found MIPS Computer Systems, where he was VP of Microprocessor Development. He holds an MSEE and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford and a BA in physics from Harvard. He holds more than 40 US and international patents. He was named an IEEE Fellow in 2015 for his work in development of microprocessor technology.

19th meeting – decision trees and random forest

During our 19th meeting on 8th of May, Marcin Zadroga talked about decision trees and random forest methods.

Marcin described the concepts and intuitions which are basis for those popular algorithms. Also the methods like bagging and boosting were discussed.

Next meeting of our group will be held on 22nd of May. Join us!

18th meeting – logic programming in Scheme / ECG signal analysis

On 24th of April 2017 we had 19th meeting of our group.

Two topics were presented. First presenter was Maciej Godek, who talked about logic programming in Scheme. He also showed us some programs he created – neural networks and genetic algorithm implementations. Additionally, Maciej presented the framework for creating virtual robots.

Second presentation was delivered by Kuba Domaszewicz. The topic of this talk was ECG signal analysis. Methods described by Kuba are used in aidlab device (health tracking wearable assistant).

Next meeting will be held on 8th of May. Feel free to join us!


17th meeting – Alpha Go / image recognition in security domain

Our 17th meeting was on 3rd of April 2017.

This time we had opportunity to listen to two speakers. The first – great – presentation was presented by Karol Draszawka, who with extraordinary diligence and enthusiasm discussed the intricacies of AlphaGo algorithm. Thanks to Karol, we learnt about the details and structure of five neural networks created by Google to defeat the masters of Go. The presentation was based on the article “Mastering the game of Go with deep neural networks and tree search“.

The second speaker was Piotr Orzechowski from Trineo company from Gdynia. He gave us an overview of the tasks for which image recognition algorithms are used in the security domain.

Our next meeting will be held on 24th of April 2017. See you!