Machine Learning @Scale 2017 recap

Jeff Reynar

Last week we hosted Machine Learning @Scale, bringing together data scientists, engineers, and researchers to discuss the range of technical challenges in large-scale applied machine learning solutions.

More than 300 attendees gathered in Manhattan's Metropolitan West to hear from engineering leaders at Bloomberg, Clarifai, Facebook, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, and ZocDoc, who all shared diverse approaches to building machine learning systems used by millions if not billions of people.

For a recap of the conference and the presentations, check out the videos below. If you're interested in joining the next event, visit the @Scale website or join the @Scale community.

Designing AI at scale to power everyday life

Joaquin Candela, Facebook

Joaquin shares insight into how Facebook is conducting and applying industry-leading research to help drive advancements in AI disciplines like computer vision and language understanding.

Search and ranking at Bloomberg

Parth Vasa, Bloomberg

Parth discusses the challenge of providing effective search for financial markets, balancing the need for accuracy and speed, the diversity of the data, and the difficulty of gaining an accurate picture of markets from moment to moment. He describes the ways in which machine learning is helping Bloomberg to address this challenge.

Matching publications and patents to LinkedIn members

Xiaoqiang Luo, LinkedIn

Xiaoqiang presents a recent project in which papers, patents, and other professional content created by LinkedIn members are pulled from the web and matched to their creators automatically. The matched content is sent to LinkedIn members as a notification on LinkedIn's mobile platform, providing people with an opportunity to add content to their profiles with ease.

Learning in auctions

Andres Munoz Medina, Google

Andres describes the challenges of learning in repeated auctions for revenue maximization.

Measurement and analysis of predictive feed ranking models on Instagram

Thomas Dimson, Instagram

Thomas uses the launch of Instagram's feed ranking as a working example to talk through issues in quantifying network effects, while exploring unusual A/B testing techniques such as country-level tests, testing on balanced graph partitions, and author-side experiments.

Detecting place visits at scale

Danielle Rothermel and Jan Kodovsky, Facebook

Jan and Danielle offer a deep dive into a system capable of interpreting location signals coming from mobile devices at scale. The case study they present exposes challenges their team faced while designing and productionizing a system that understands people's spatio-temporal movements in a physical world and powers a series of location-aware products at Facebook.

Medical specialty triage using machine learning

Michelle Ye, ZocDoc

Michelle Ye uses her perspective as a data scientist to talk through the challenge of scaling engineering ideas through an organization to gain buy-in and bring benefits to both the company and the end user.

Building AI for everyone on the planet

Matthew Zeiler, Clarifai

Clarifai CEO Matthew Zeiler takes viewers through a suite of product demos for identifying, classifying, and searching digital images using the company's machine learning technology.

Many thanks to all the speakers who presented and to all the attendees. We look forward to more opportunities to interact with the New York machine learning community in the future!

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