AI Education Series Part 3: Intro to Deep Learning for Text and Speech

Wed Nov 15
San Francisco
09:00 AM
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This class is part three in our AI series. We've designed it as a follow up to Introduction to Deep learning Part 2 Vision Algorithms, but might also be appropriate for someone who took the Coursera course in machine learning but wanted something more hands-on or who took Technical Introduction to AI, Machine Learning & Deep Learning Part I and wanted to really focus on time series and text.
This is a hands-on course that takes students with little knowledge of deep learning and gives them what they need to build real-world models. Our course requires very little math, but reasonably proficient programming skills. 
At the end of class students will be able to build LSTMs on their own, and, more importantly, be able to quickly find resources to help them with new problems they encounter in their domain.
Technologies Introduced:

Deep Learning Frameworks



Deep Learning Model Architectures







Text generation

Text classification

1. Completion of our introductory course “Technical Introduction to AI, Machine Learning & Deep Learning” and “Deep learning Part 2: Vision Algorithms," or,
2. Engineers with some deep learning experience but not LSTMs.  Students should have trained a CNN in keras/tensorflow and understood how the individual layers worked
What you need to bring:
Students need to bring a laptop.  We have detailed setup instructions at
If you want to run on a GPU either on your laptop or in the cloud for this course, you can.  We have setup instructions for an AWS machine at
Take aways:
- Practical high-level knowledge of how RNNs, LSTMs GRUs actually work.
- How to build multi layer LSTMs
- How to use popular vector embeddings like word2vec

Morning: Introduction to RNNs, LSTMs
9:00 – 10:00
Breakfast, Laptop Setup and deep learning overview
10:00 - 11:00
High-level overview of RNNs, LSTMs, word vector encodings and how they work
11:00 - 12:00
Train a time series predicton model in keras/tensorflow and run on sample data.
Afternoon: Applications
1:00 - 2:00
Build a text generation model
2:00 - 3:00
Word vector embeddings and working with text data
3:00 - 5:00
Build, debug and deploy a text classification model and apply to other domains (sentiment analysis, search relevance).
5:00-7:00 Drinks & Networking
We’ll bring together top entrepreneurs, tech executives & engineers to connect with and learn from. Plus, this is a chance to meet your classmates and teachers in an informal and fun setting.

Testimonials and Feedback
"I found it to be really engaging and interesting. I was already familiar with some ML concepts, so it helped me understand them better and think about how to apply them. The code samples are really great and will definitely reference them in the future. I thought the class went at a generally good pace."
"Good experience - full of great resources and discussion. Good, practical intro for new folks, and also valuable for those familiar with the basics. I walked away excited to experiment!"
“Class was great, you ticked off my curiosity. I am excited to review the content and retry it by myself. Thank you for encouraging peer to peer collaboration and making the effort to build the slack channel. I think it was nice to see you debug live.”


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