Speaker: Rachel Thomas

fast.ai founder & USF assistant professor

Rachel Thomas has a math PhD from Duke and was selected by Forbes as one of “20 Incredible Women Advancing AI Research.” She is co-founder of fast.ai and a researcher-in-residence at the University of San Francisco Data Institute, where she teaches in the Masters in Data Science program. Her background includes working as a quant in energy trading, a data scientist + backend engineer at Uber, and a full-stack software instructor at Hackbright.

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  • Groking Timeseries & Sequential Data

    Techniques, practices, and approaches, including image recognition, NLP, predictions, & modeling.

  • Deep Learning in Practice

    Deep learning lessons using Tensorflow, Keras, PyTorch, Caffe including use cases on machine translation, computer vision, & image recogition.

  • AI Meets the Physical World

    Where AI touches the physical world, think drones, ROS, NVidia, TPU and more.

  • Papers to Production: CS in the Real World

    Groundbreaking papers make real world impact.

  • Solving Software Engineering Problems with Machine Learning

    Anomaly detection, ML in IDE's, bayesian optimization for config. Machine Learning techniques for more effective software engineering.

  • Predictive Architectures in the Real World

    Case Study focused look at end to end predictive pipelines from places like Salesforce, Uber, Linkedin, & Netflix.