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Thursday, November 7 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Designing Your Neural Networks: A Step By Step Walkthrough

Please sign in at the front door. ABSTRACTNeural networks are powerful beasts that give you a lot of levers to tweak! The sheer size of customizations that they offer can be overwhelming to even seasoned practitioners. In this talk Lavanya will give you a framework for making smart decisions about your neural network architecture! She'll explore lots of different facets of neural networks in this talk, including how to setup a basic neural network (including choosing the number of hidden layers, hidden neurons, batch sizes etc.) Attendees will learn about the role momentum and learning rates play in influencing model performance. And finally they will explore the problem of vanishing gradients and how to tackle it using non-saturating activation functions, BatchNorm\, better weight initialization techniques and early stopping. Lavanya hopes this guide will serve as a good starting point in your adventures. SCHEDULE6:00 - 6:30pm Networking6:30 - 7:30pm Talk7:30 - 8:00pm Networking BIOLavanya is a Machine Learning Engineer @ Weights and Biases. She began working on AI 10 years ago when she founded ACM SIGAI at Purdue University as a sophomore. In a past life, she taught herself to code at age 10, and built her first startup at 14. She's driven by a deep desire to understand the universe around us better by using machine learning. You can find her on twitter @lavanyaai. ************* About Metis Metis ( accelerates data science learning for individuals, companies, and institutions through corporate training and accredited, immersive bootcamps. The Metis bootcamp curriculum is designed and delivered by highly educated and industry-experienced practitioners, and all bootcamp graduates receive hands-on career support until they’re hired. Campuses are located in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco\, and Seattle. On the corporate side, Metis works with large organizations who want to upskill their teams in data science and analytics to gain efficiencies, remain competitive, and improve their bottom lines. Metis is proud to be backed by Kaplan, a global leader in education. ************* Join our Metis Community Slack channel! Apply here: ************* Metis Code of Conduct Metis is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of students, staff, or visitors in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event including talks, workshops, parties, and other online media. Individuals and groups that do not abide by these rules will be asked to leave and, if necessary, prohibited from future events. If you have any questions or you're made to feel uncomfortable by anyone on our campus or at one of our offsite events, please let one of the staff members know right away. The matter will be taken seriously and promptly addressed.

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