The RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit is coming to Toronto, October 25 – 26, 2018. Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the summit covers the latest advancements in deep learning technologies from global leaders in the field and explores how industry leaders and startups are applying such techniques.
The summit comes on the heels of the technology boom happening in Toronto. In September, the city drew over $1.4 billion in investment from U.S. and Canadian companies, including Microsoft, Uber, Shopify and Instacart to name just a few. A recent study showed that Toronto has created more tech jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C. combined in the last year. With all that is happening in the city in the technology space, the city is a destination for tech meetings and events given the network and community here.
Also this year, the first ever AI for Government Summit will be run in conjunction with the conference providing the opportunity for attendees to interact with Government Bodies, Policymakers, Strategists and Directors of Innovation. The focus of the summit will be to explore the use of machine learning to increase efficiency, reduce costs and meet the high demands of the public sector. Attendees will have access to both events and be invited to interactive workshops, panel discussions, mentoring sessions and many more activities.
A full list of speakers is available here. Confirmed speakers across both tracks include:
Geoffrey Hinton, Professor, University of Toronto
Regarded as the godfather of AI, Hinton designs machine learning algorithms and was one of the researchers who introduced the back-propagation algorithm. His research group in Toronto made major breakthroughs in deep learning that have revolutionized speech recognition and object classification.
Brendan Frey, Co-Founder & CEO, Deep Genomics
Frey is internationally recognized as a leader in machine learning and genome biology. His group has published over a dozen papers in Science, Nature and Cell, and their most recent work on using deep learning to identify protein-DNA interactions was highlighted on the front cover Nature Biotechnology.
Tomi Poutanen, Chief AI Officer, TD Bank
Tomi is co-founder and co-CEO of Layer 6 AI (layer6.ai) which was recently acquired by TD Bank, which offers the world’s most accurate prediction engine for enterprise data. Layer 6 AI helps banks, media, cable/telco, and e-commerce companies leverage all of their data to predict customer needs and personalize each customer experience.
Last year the event in Montreal welcomed the pioneers of deep learning, Yoshua Bengio, Yann LeCun & Hinton, who shared their knowledge and expertise in a joint panel for the first time.
Watch the full presentation here.
Toronto is a hot-spot for AI with the likes of Uber, NVIDIA, Etsy and Samsung all announcing investment plans in Toronto for development in this space, not to mention the Vector Institute that has established itself as one of the leaders in research and development. The Canadian Government have committed over $125 million to AI developments. Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has announced its Smart City Project for the city’s waterfront that will be the ‘world’s first neighbourhood built from the internet-up’.