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Get a grip on neural networks, R, Python, TensorFlow, deployment of AI, and much more, at our MCubed workshops

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Event You know that you could achieve great things if only you had time to get to grips with TensorFlow, or mine a vast pile of text, or simply introduce machine-learning into your existing workflow. That's why at our artificial-intelligence conference MCubed, which runs from September 30 to October 2, we have a quartet of all-day workshops that will take you deep into key technologies, and show you how to apply them in your own organisation. Prof Mark Whitehorn and Kate Kilgour will dive deep into machine learning and neural networks, from perceptrons through convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and autoencoders to generative adversarial networks. If you want to get more specific, Oliver Zeigermann returns to MCubed with his workshop on Deep Learning with TensorFlow 2. This session will cover Neural Networks, CNNs and recurrent neural networks, using TensorFlow 2, and Python, to show you how to develop and train your own neural networks. One problem many of us face is making sense of a mountain of text.


Machine Learning And The Changing Face Of Today's Data Centers

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Machine learning and Artificial intelligence have taken over data centers by storm. As racks begin to fill with ASICs, FPGAs, GPUs, and supercomputers, the face of the hyper-scale server farm seems to change. These technologies are known to provide exceptional computing power to train machine learning systems. Machine learning is a process that involves tremendous amounts of data-crunching, which is a herculean task in itself. The ultimate goal of this tiring process is to create applications that are smart and also to improve services that are already in everyday use.


You Can Hack That: Host a Hackathon to Ideate, Innovate and Motivate GovLoop

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Hackathons are a hot commodity these days. These creative competitions are yielding big ideas on almost everything. Need to test a new product? Looking to train staff in new capabilities? You can hack all of those.


Future search engines will help you find information you don't even know you need University of Helsinki

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The research surrounding methods of information retrieval is an entire field of science whose specialists aim to provide us with even better search results – a necessity as the amount of data constantly keeps growing. To succeed in their quest, researchers are focusing on the interaction between humans and computers, connecting methods of machine learning to this interaction. One of these researchers is Dorota Głowacka, who assumed an assistant professorship in machine learning and data science at the Helsinki Centre for Data Science HiDATA at the beginning of 2019. Głowacka is studying what people search for and how they interact with search engines, with a particular focus on exploratory search. This is a search method that helps find matters relevant to the person looking for information, even if they are not entirely certain about what they are looking for to begin with.


HVAC Giant Trane Acquires EcoFactor's Home Energy Analytics Technology

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EcoFactor is one of several startups with a cloud computing platform to manage and analyze data from smart thermostats and other home energy devices. But it also specializes in using that data to monitor and predict performance problems and impending failures of the air conditioners keeping houses cool. That kind of technology could have a lot of value to the companies that make heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment -- enough to make it worth owning. On Tuesday, HVAC giant Trane announced it has acquired EcoFactor's energy analytics software for an undisclosed sum. Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, plans to integrate EcoFactor's "unique artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for energy efficiency and HVAC fault detection" into its existing Nexia home automation line.


Spintronic memory cells for neural networks

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In recent years, researchers have proposed a wide variety of hardware implementations for feed-forward artificial neural networks. These implementations include three key components: a dot-product engine that can compute convolution and fully-connected layer operations, memory elements to store intermediate inter and intra-layer results, and other components that can compute non-linear activation functions. Dot-product engines, which are essentially high-efficiency accelerators, have so far been successfully implemented in hardware in many different ways. In a study published last year, researchers at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana used dot-product circuits to design a cellular neural network (CeNN)-based accelerator for convolutional neural networks (CNNs). The same team, in collaboration with other researchers at the University of Minnesota, has now developed a CeNN cell based on spintronic (i.e., spin electronic) elements with high energy efficiency.


UVM Study: AI Can Detect Depression in a Child's Speech

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A machine learning algorithm can detect signs of anxiety and depression in the speech patterns of young children, potentially providing a fast and easy way of diagnosing conditions that are difficult to spot and often overlooked in young people, according to new research published in the Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Around one in five children suffer from anxiety and depression, collectively known as "internalizing disorders." But because children under the age of eight can't reliably articulate their emotional suffering, adults need to be able to infer their mental state, and recognise potential mental health problems. Waiting lists for appointments with psychologists, insurance issues, and failure to recognise the symptoms by parents all contribute to children missing out on vital treatment. "We need quick, objective tests to catch kids when they are suffering," says Ellen McGinnis, a clinical psychologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center's Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families and lead author of the study.


Data virtualization use cases cover more integration tasks

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Gartner predicts that 60% of organizations will deploy data virtualization software as part of their data integration tool set by 2020. That's a big jump from the adoption rate of about 35% the consulting and market research company cited in a November 2018 report on the data virtualization market. But the technology "is rapidly gaining momentum," a group of four Gartner analysts wrote in the report. The analysts said data virtualization use cases are on the rise partly because IT teams are struggling to physically integrate a growing number of data silos, as relational database management system (DBMS) environments are augmented by big data systems and other new data sources. They also pointed to increased technology maturity that has removed deployment barriers for data virtualization users.


AI In Health Care: The Top Ways AI Is Affecting The Health Care Industry

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is having a major impact on the health care industry. In fact, AI in health care is redefining the medical care field and all its functions. It is playing a big role in health care data. When health care data uses AI, it provides new and improved analytics. AI analytics are of use in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases.


Enhanced Attachment Support for Paginated Reports E-Mail Subscriptions is Now Available Machine Learning Analytikus United States

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In addition to these new attachment types, we've also raised the attachment file size limit to 25 MB for paginated reports to provide new options for popular customer scenarios like scheduled large data exports.