AT&T Labs will be hosting the NYC WiMLDS community for an Intro to PyTorch event with Dr. Michela Paganini from Facebook AI Research! We would also like to thank Facebook for sponsoring this event. Links to Google Colab notebooks will be provided at the event. She joined Facebook in 2018 after earning her PhD in particle physics from Yale University under the supervision of Paul Tipton. Her work focuses on the empirical characterization of neural network dynamics using tools from theoretical and experimental physics.
Did you know machine learning is behind a vast of technologies that we use today? Muthoni Wanyoike, the team lead at Instadeep Kenya and an Actuarial Science graduate from Dedan Kimathi University of tech is one of the great brains behind the Women in Machine Learning and Data Science community Nairobi chapter, (WiMLDS) Kenya. "When I started the Nairobi chapter of WiMLDS, I was just starting out in Data Science at the ICT Authority's Kenya Open Data Initiative. I was really looking for a community where I would gain new skills and also connect with people with the same interest as well as those already in the industry," says Muthoni Muthoni, however, admits setting up a community was not easy. At first, they organized meetups where they would charge participants to attend sessions on data science and machine learning with an abundance of Faith that attendees would believe in their vision.
On Saturday, July 22nd Mitzi Morris and I (Michael Betancourt) will be hosting a day-long Stan workshop for the NYC Women in Machine Learning & Data Science Meetup Group. As with most of our workshops the emphasis will be on interactive exercises where everyone builds and running models in Stan. We'll start with the foundations of Bayesian inference and end all the way at fitting latent Gaussian process models. Everything for this course will be in Python and PyStan. If you're in the New York City area and want to attend then you can register at the event page.