A Gentle Introduction to Neural Networks – Tariq Rashid – Agile on the Beach Conference 2018

Watch Tariq Rashid’s session from Agile On The Beach 2018 entitled ‘A Gentle Introduction to Neural Networks’.

Neural networks are not only a powerful machine learning tool, they’re at the heart of recent breakthroughs in deep learning and artificial intelligence. This talk, designed for a complete beginners and anyone non-technical, will introduce the history and ideas behind neural networks, in a fun and informal way.

Tariq explores why humans are better at image recognition than computers, and looks at how the learning inside neural networks actually happens. He also talks about how to make a useful neural network using only basic Python, and teach it to recognise human hand written digits. By the end of Tariq’s talk, you should have an intuition for how neural networks actually work, and enough basics to make your own useful networks in any programming language, and to more confidently progress onto popular machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow and PyTorch.

Videos, slides, data, code, guest posts and more discussion are on the blog http://makeyourownneuralnetwork.blogspot.com

Ever since he was a kid, Tariq has loved the beauty and excitement of science, maths and computing. He devoured everything he could get his hands on in the public libraries near his home, especially books on fractals and programming the BBC micro … this was a long time before the world wide web! Despite all the fun and adventures over the 30 years since then, he still thinks too many amazing ideas are badly explained. His personal mission is to do the hard work to make beautiful exciting ideas simple and accessible enough for anyone to understand and appreciate.

He is active in London’s tech scene, and until recently led the London Python meetup group, doubling its membership to 4000. Whenever he can, he loves organising community events, teaching and mentoring. He loves open source, and was lucky enough to lead on open source reform for the UK Government.

His current focus is the London Algorithmic Art community, and his next book on creative coding. It’s sometimes hard to tell, but he has a masters degree in machine learning and data mining, and started using Python in the last century.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With over 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

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