Hyderabad, India, April 15th, 2017 - Innominds successfully organized its first tech meet-up on Deep auto encoders for feature learning with 36 data scientists from top IT firms. Ravi Meduri, Vice President of Big Data & Analytics, steered the session presenting an overview of Deep Autoencoders and how they work and can be used to learn features from a given dataset.
The session covered practical aspects of Deep Autoencoders in an interactive manner and included briefings on Deep Learning, Artificial Neural Networks, Backpropagation, Activation Functions (Rectified Linear Units in specific), Regularizations, Fully Connected Layers and the disadvantages of those, quick comparisons of AlexNet, ResNet, and VGG.
“It’s a nice start. If we keep doing sessions like these it will help many in trying out new things. I really appreciate the Innominds team for the initiative,” said Subash, one of the 36 participants. Data scientists from Microsoft, Cognizant, Gramener, TCS, Valuelabs, Bank of America, Accenture, Infosys, and Novartis, as participants, exchanged notes at the event.
The Innominds team including Tapas Majumdar – Senior Data Scientist and Dr. Arun Kumar Parayatham -- Consultant - Software Engineering as well, discussed industry use cases solved through Autoencoders and demonstrated some use cases on feature learning from images that it has delivered.
Key Takeaways from the meet-up
1. Learn why Feature learning is important and is a scalable alternative to Feature engineering
2. Learn how Autoencoders work and how they extract features
3. Learn how Deep Autoencoders can work in conjunction with Convolutional Neural Networks or other algorithms to extract features from images and cluster/ classify images
4. Using the Theano platform for Deep Learning for Deep Autoencoders
“We got good knowledge on the topics and were also given a good platform to discuss and interact,” said Krishna S, participant.
The session concluded with almost everyone agreeing that there should be more of such tech meet-ups on focused topics for both beginners and advanced practitioners to further the space of Deep Learning.
The Hyderabad Machine Learning meet-up group provided assistance to organize the session on April 15, at Innominds office, Kala Jyothi building.