Schedule

Our talks and speakers

Thursday 28th February 2019

Thursday kicks off the conference, with our pre-conference social pubcon.

18.00 Finch's Pub on Finsbury Square
Finch's Pub on Finsbury Square Pre-Conference Social
The pre-conference social is a traditional style pubcon, open to anyone, where conference attendees and locals can meet up before the conference to network and socialise.
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Friday 1st March 2019

On Friday the conference begins with a full day of networking, great talks and food. You will be able to attend a morning keynote followed by eight talk slots throughout the day. During each talk slot you'll have the choice between two different tracks - the main track of 30 minute breakout sessions or the side track of 2 hour tutorial sessions. There will be 3 cake & coffee breaks, a 3 course lunch, and rolling tea, coffee and soft drinks included. The conference will close with a final featured keynote, a prize raffle from our sponsors, and then on to the evening post-conference social.

08.00 The Brewery Foyer & King George
The Brewery Foyer & King George Registration and Working Breakfast
Please bring a copy of your ticket either printed or on a mobile device.
10.00 Porter Tun
Porter Tun Opening Keynote Digital Transformation in the Artificial Intelligence Revolution Speaker: Chris Benson Level: All
AI is impacting every industry on the planet, and will drive digital transformation for years to come. Success requires an AI strategy that accommodates many factors. This talk will help you understand how AI-enabled digital transformation will change business, industry, and the global economy.
10.30 All Rooms
All Rooms Room Change
10.45 Porter Tun Queen Charlotte
Porter Tun Talk The History of AI What can we learn from the past? Speaker: Håkan Silfvernagel Level: All
Nowadays AI is all the hype, but what many might not know is that AI is an established discipline originating from a paper from Alan Turing in the ... See More
Nowadays AI is all the hype, but what many might not know is that AI is an established discipline originating from a paper from Alan Turing in the 1950s. In this talk I will present the history of AI and review the historical milestones from the originating paper up til now. See Less
Queen Charlotte Tutorial Getting to Grips with Databricks Speaker: Gianluca Campanella Level: Intermediate
Databricks is an analytics platform based on Apache Spark, optimised to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud. This tutorial presents a complete Data Sc... See More

Databricks is an analytics platform based on Apache Spark, optimised to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud. This tutorial presents a complete Data Science workflow based on Databricks, from data ingestion to deployment through exploratory analysis and modelling.

In particular, the tutorial covers the following topics

  • Deploying a new Databricks cluster on the Azure cloud
  • Loading data from different sources, particularly large CSV files
  • Querying using Spark SQL
  • Predictive modelling using Python

Other topics introduced during the course of the tutorial include

  • Accessing data stored on Azure Blob Storage directly
  • Managing and sharing notebooks
  • Building ETL pipelines from notebooks using jobs.
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11:20 Porter Tun
Porter Tun Talk Improving Search using Machine Learning Speaker: David Hernández Level: All
11:55 Porter Tun
Porter Tun Talk
12:30 Porter Tun
Porter Tun Talk What AI & ML Engineers can Learn from the Devops Movement Speaker: Thiago de Faria Level: Intermediate
AI is such a buzzword, with its futuristic implementations and sophisticated machine learning algorithms (Hello, Deep learning!). We are using ML w... See More
AI is such a buzzword, with its futuristic implementations and sophisticated machine learning algorithms (Hello, Deep learning!). We are using ML when we need external data to reach a working product because it would be impossible to solve it with the regular for/if/loops. What are the next steps? Moreover, what about Test, Release, and Deployment? We always value data and call our organizations “data-driven”, but now the impact is even bigger. If you are using an ML component, misused/dirty/problematic data will affect not your internal reports as before… but your application deployment and quality of service. Let’s discuss some AI implementations stories (its advantages/problems) finding common mistakes and future challenges for such a hyped theme to end the session with a live demo (if the gods allow it!)! See Less
13.00 King George
King George Lunch
A buffet lunch will be served in the exhibition hall where you will also be able to network with fellow delegates and our sponsors.
14.00 Porter Tun Queen Charlotte
Porter Tun Talk Building Smarter Apps with Machine Learning From Magic to Reality Speaker: Laurent Picard Level: All
What about making your app smarter without any knowledge in AI? With pre-trained models and a few lines of code, Machine Learning APIs can analyze ... See More
What about making your app smarter without any knowledge in AI? With pre-trained models and a few lines of code, Machine Learning APIs can analyze your data. Moreover, AutoML techniques can now help in getting even more specific insights tailored to your needs. In this session, you’ll see how to transform or extract information from text, image, audio & video with the latest ML APIs, how to train an AutoML custom model, and you’ll be an active player of a live demo. Don’t put your smartphone in airplane mode! See Less
Queen Charlotte Tutorial Tensorflow and Go Natalie Pistunovich & David Hernández
14:35 Porter Tun
Porter Tun Talk
15:10 Porter Tun
Porter Tun Talk
15:45 Porter Tun
Porter Tun Talk
16.15 All Rooms
All Rooms Room change
16.30 Porter Tun
Porter Tun Closing Keynote
TBA
17.00 The Grubstreet Author
The Grubstreet Author Post Conference Social
The conference social is open to all conference attendees and gives you a chance to relax and meet other delegates after a big day of learning. More details »