Watch University of Arkansas Professor, Dr. Michael Gashler and his full talk Nowhere Developers Conference 2018, titled "Using Neural Networks to Solve Non-Traditional Challenges".
Abstract: It is well understood that deep neural networks can be highly effective function approximators, but it is less well known that function approximation is not the only thing they can do. Neural networks can also infer missing values in data, generate anticipated observations, estimate state in dynamic systems, remove noise from inputs, reduce dimensionality, and fuse information from different modalities. Applying neural networks in such atypical ways requires the user to have a little knowledge about how they work internally. This talk seeks to impart a little intuition for what happens inside a neural network, and will demonstrate how neural networks can be used in applications that require a more than just function approximation. The goal of this talk will be to enable the attendees to make more effective use of neural networks in non-traditional applications.
Speaker Bio: Michael S. Gashler studies in the field of machine learning. His research interests focus on methods that enable machines to perceive and understand high-dimensional observations, and to operate effectively in circumstances that were not anticipated a priori by the programmer. Dr. Gashler earned his Ph.D. in machine learning with a focus in non-linear dimensionality reduction from Brigham Young University in 2012. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked for Microsoft where he helped to develop the security system underlying the Common Language Runtime. He is the architect of several open source projects, including "Waffles", a toolkit of machine learning and data mining algorithms. He taught himself to program when he was young by trying to build the video games that his parents did not give to him. He now hopes to inspire students to build technology that science has not yet given to us. In particular, his lab intents to narrow the gap between the cognitive capabilities of humans and machines.
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