The Iowa Python Users Group

Next Meeting

Tuesday, September 05, 2017
6pm - 8pm
The Forge (map)
David Body
Pillar Technology

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend

Our Presenter

David W. Body is an experienced software developer who is interested in data science, machine learning, and related areas. His company is Big Creek Software, LLC and he is on Twitter as @david_body. David is available for freelance consulting and contract work.

The Topic

Our lives are influenced by data and algorithms more than most of us realize. Movie and product recommendations, speech recognition, spam filtering, fraud detection, medical diagnoses, and even autonomous vehicles are all powered by machine learning, a subfield of computer science dealing with statistical pattern recognition and artificial intelligence. This session will introduce you to the field of machine learning and explain basic concepts such as supervised and unsupervised learning. It will also provide an overview of basic types of machine learning problems such as regression, classification, and clustering. We’ll cover one concrete example, which has become the “hello world” problem of machine learning: We’ll train a neural network to recognize handwriting using the MNIST handwritten digit database. (This example will be in Python using TensorFlow and Keras.) This is a mathematical subject, but we’ll focus on developing intuition about how machine learning works conceptually. You’ll come away with a basic understanding of what machine learning is and enough of an idea of how it works to decide if you want to learn more. Versions of this talk were or will be presented at Iowa Code Camp, Kansas City Developer Conference, and Prairie.Code().

Our Location

The Forge is located at 1420 Locust above Magnolia Wine Kitchen, and across from the Sculpture Park. Enter through the door on the parking lot side of the building, next to Magnolia Wine Kitchen’s outdoor patio. Once inside head up the stairs. Street parking on Locust is free after 6pm.

Our Sponsors

Pillar Technology

We work with a variety of clients primarily in the Des Moines, Ann Arbor and Columbus regions. We are excited to help the growth of Software Craftsmanship in the Des Moines area. If you would like to join us in disrupting various industries and solving complex business problems, please contact us.

Thanks to Pillar for providing pizza and drinks!!!