August 2016 - Intro to Azure Machine Learning: Predict Who Survives the Titanic

Meeting Topic
 

Intro to Azure Machine Learning: Predict Who Survives the Titanic

Abstract

Interested in doing machine learning in the cloud?  In this demo-heavy talk, I will set the stage with some information on the different types of machine learning (clustering, classification, regression, and anomaly detection) supported by Azure Machine Learning and when to use each.  Then, for the majority of the session, I’ll demonstrate using Azure Machine Learning to build a model which predicts survival of individuals on the Titanic (one of the challenges on the Kaggle website).  I'll talk through how I analyze the given data and why I choose to drop or modify certain data, so you will see the entire process from data cleaning to building, training, testing, and deploying a model.  You’ll leave with practical knowledge on how to get started and build your own predictive models using Azure Machine Learning.

Speaker

Jennifer Marsman is a Principal Software Development Engineer in Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism group, where she educates developers on Microsoft’s new technologies.  In this role, Jennifer is a frequent speaker at software development conferences around the world.  In 2016, Jennifer was recognized as one of the “top 100 most influential individuals in artificial intelligence and machine learning” by Onalytica.  She has been featured in Bloomberg for her work using EEG and machine learning to perform lie detection.  In 2009, Jennifer was chosen as "Techie whose innovation will have the biggest impact" by X-OLOGY for her work with GiveCamps, a weekend-long event where developers code for charity.  She has also received many honors from Microsoft, including the “Best in Role” award for Technical Evangelism, Central Region Top Contributor Award, Heartland District Top Contributor Award, DPE Community Evangelist Award, CPE Champion Award, MSUS Diversity & Inclusion Award, Gold Club, and Platinum Club.  Prior to becoming a Developer Evangelist, Jennifer was a software developer in Microsoft’s Natural Interactive Services division.  In this role, she earned two patents for her work in search and data mining algorithms.  Jennifer has also held positions with Ford Motor Company, National Instruments, and Soar Technology.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering and Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Her graduate work specialized in artificial intelligence and computational theory.  Jennifer blogs at http://blogs.msdn.com/jennifer and tweets at http://twitter.com/jennifermarsman.

Pizza/Geek Dinner

Pizza will be provided as a snack during the meeting. A Geek Dinner will be held immediately after the meeting at The Pub at 1554 Polaris Parkway,
Columbus, Ohio 43240

When

Thursday, 8/25/2016, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where

Microsoft Office – Columbus

Please Note: Because of fire code, the Microsoft facility will only accommodate 100 people.

Sponsorship

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Generous thanks to Microsoft for giving us the meeting space.

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Opportunities to sponsor CONDG are available. For more information please email contact@condg.org

July 2016 – Lightning Talks

Once again we are very excited to announce that this July 28th we will be hosting an all Lightning Talk meeting and you can be one of the presenters!

What are Lightning Talks?
A Lightning Talk is a short 10 to 15 minute presentation on a single topic or idea. Several talks will be presented in a row to the audience.

Who can give a Lightning Talk?
We allow anyone to give a talk on any technical topic that they are interested in and would like to share with the .Net community. No previous speaking experience is required!

If you have never given a talk before, doing a Lightning Talk is a great way to get started. You can try your hand at public speaking without having to put together a full length presentation.

For seasoned speakers, Lightning Talks are a nice way to test out new material and ideas in front of an audience.

All you need to do is pick a topic you would like to present and put together a few slides and short demos that can be completed in 10-15 minutes.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in doing a Lightning Talk, please send an email to contact@condg.org with your topic by Monday July 25th.

We have room for 6 speakers and it is first come, first serve. Hurry and submit your talks now!

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