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Rock Stars of
Machine Learning and Deep Learning

September 12, 2017 | Santa Clara, CA

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Innovation in Machine Learning is Staggering – Can you Keep Up?


Amazon, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, the leaders who are out in front of the latest AI and Machine Learning developments, share their insights at Rock Stars of Machine Learning.

What is most important in AI/Machine Learning today?
Hear in-depth about:

  • Deep learning
  • AI optimized hardware
  • Natural language generation
  • Virtual agents

Get insights into new analytics, algorithms, and data structures that produce reliable, repeatable decisions and results.

How will Machine Learning and Deep Learning control your business?

Hear and interact with C-Suite and upper management executives at Fortune 100 companies and others on Machine Learning and Deep Learning opportunities for 2017.  Also, learn the strategies these industry leaders are utilizing to optimize their business.


Venue Address and Date

September 12, 2017

Hilton Santa Clara

4949 Great America Parkway

Santa Clara, CA 95054


Why Attend?

Get insights into these critical technologies.

Topics include:

  • Machine Learning

Machine Learning is becoming a key technology that influences C-Suite decisions. Within the field of data analytics, machine learning is a method used to devise complex models and algorithms that lend themselves to prediction. Does your organization employ the proper analytical models that allow your researchers, data scientists, engineers, and analysts to produce reliable, repeatable decisions and results?

  • Deep Learning

What are the promises of deep learning on business?  The science of Deep Learning develops efficient algorithms for unsupervised or semi-supervised feature learning and hierarchical feature extraction from large-scale unlabeled data. Is this the technology solution that your businesses can use to analyze the massive amounts of data becoming available?


Key takeaways:

After participating in this event, you will have

  • Actionable technology insights
  • Critical strategies you can apply to your specific business

This is also a great networking opportunity. Attendees will have many opportunities throughout the day to:

  • Interact with C-Level executives in a Q&A and interactive panel format to get answers to specific questions.
  • Interact with speakers and colleagues during expanded break sessions, lunch, and the reception.




Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Hassan Sawaf

Director of AI
Amazon Web Services

Human Language Technology and Machine Learning

Hassan will discuss his expertise opening up new markets and opportunities with smart application of Artificial Intelligence and application-driven research in AI, in particular in language technology, speech processing, computer vision and computational reasoning.

Janet George

Fellow/Chief Data Scientist, Big Data Platform/Data Science/Cognitive Computing
Western Digital/SanDisk

“Big Metamorphosis”: Spinning up well- Architected Stacks for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence requires a different treatment of data than the more traditional methods.  The topology and different dimensions of data need to be easily accessible. Distributed platforms and dynamic data structures lend itself well to scale the models near real time. This talk will discuss best practices in spinning up well- architected stacks for machines learning and Artificial Intelligence for scale in an industrial/enterprise setting with practical uses cases, tradeoffs, challenges and storage layers required.

At Western Digital building global core competencies, shaping, driving and implementing the Big Data platform, products and technologies, using advanced analytics, machine learning and pattern recognition with semiconductor/Flash Memory manufacturing data from the ground up. Industry experience, skillset, and background are in Big Data Platform; Machine Learning, Distributed Computing, Compliers and Artificial Intelligence/Cognitive Computing.


David Rosenberg

Data Scientist, Office of the CTO

Extracting Data from Tables and Charts in Natural Document Formats

Financial analysis depends on accurate financial data, and these data are often distributed via PDF and other "natural document" formats. While these formats are optimized for easy human comprehension, automatically extracting the data can be quite challenging. In this talk, we'll describe our work using a deep learning pipeline to extract data from tables and charts in PDF documents. We'll also show some of our latest research, inspired by image captioning models, for going directly from images of tables to a markup language (LaTeX) representation. 

Veryan Allen

Data Scientist, ML & DL
Bank of America; Merrill Lynch

Program Machines to Deep Learn and Solve Big Data Investment Problems

The discussion will cover all aspects of machine programming with the exploration of Data Science, deep learning, computational intelligence, and multi-criteria decision optimization.

Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Joshua Greenbaum (moderator)

Principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting


Rajat Monga

Engineering Director
Tensorflow at Google Brain

Trends and Developments in Deep Learning

Deep Learning has come of age over the last few years. Neural networks have been around for decades - what changed over the last few years to make them successful? This talk will describe what got deep learning over the hump, go over some of the recent successes in this field and discuss their implications. The pace of innovation in deep learning is staggering - is it going to continue? The presentation will provide a perspective on research directions that have the potential to keep the innovation going and even accelerate it further.


M. Anthony Lewis

Sr. Director

Understanding How Biologically Inspired Computing May Help us Build Machines that Perceive the World as we do

Lewis will discuss his work in evolutionary and biomorphic robotics, formation control of robotic systems, and investigations into the basis of movement control in humans and robots. Lewis and Colleagues demonstrated a robot that claimed to be the most biologically accurate model of human locomotion to date. This robotic uses a muscle architecture much like a human being, a simplified neural circuit meant to mimic neurons in the spinal cord, and sensory feedback mimicking the primary sensory pathways found in human.





Hilton Santa Clara

Rock Stars of Machine Learning/Deep Learning will be held at Hilton Santa Clara.
Hilton Santa Clara is a AAA Four Diamond hotel located in the heart of Silicon Valley, next to Levi's Stadium home of the San Francisco 49ers, adjacent to California’s Great America theme park and directly across the street from the Santa Clara Convention Center. Numerous activities and attractions abound including hiking, golfing and northern California’s largest shopping mall, Great Mall. Our award winning restaurant La Fontana offers a stylish dining experience and serves everything from mouthwatering steaks to refreshing salads.

Attend the Rock Stars of Machine Learning/Deep Learning

The Rock Stars of Machine Learning/Deep Learning will be held on September 12, 2017, at Hilton Santa Clara.

Hilton Santa Clara

4949 Great America Pkwy

Santa Clara, CA 95054

Phone: (480)330-0001


  • From the South: Take 101 north to Great America Parkway. Turn right onto Great America Parkway to Tasman Drive (approximately 1 mile). The hotel is located on the right.
  • From the North: Take 101 south to Great America Parkway. Turn left onto Great America Parkway to Tasman Drive (approximately 1 mile). The hotel is located on the right.
  • Hotel location is at the corner of Great America Parkway & Tasman Drive.


  • There are two entrances into the parking lot:
    • One entrance is located on Great American Parkway
    • One Entrance is located on Tasman
  • Parking is complimentary for attendees



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