Here’s what you may have missed at Skills Matter HQ this week!
The Week in Skillscasts
Every week we record the majority of meetups and user groups that come to our offices in London for evening events and talks. These are our Skillscasts – and their all available for free on Skillsmatter.com!
Beginning the week for us, the London Java Community hosted Arun Gupta, the director of RedHat, for a discussion on what’s new in WildFly 8. Arun talked about RedHat’s open source Java EE 7 compliant application server which provides a ‘core’ distribution that is ideal for framework authors.
Next up Matt Gaunt, a developer advocate for Chrome at Google, hosted a session explaining how to optimise and debug mobile applications with DevTools.
On Wednesday Deep Learning London were joined by Dr. Boumediene Hamzim, a researcher at the Department of Mathematics of Imperial College London, for a talk that delved into machine learning, learning theory and Artificial Neural Networks. The talk explored how we live in an age of data and why it is important to make sense of it using certain frameworks and Artificial Neural Networks to illustrate the thought process.
The Limited WIP Society paid close attention The Theory of Constraints as well as taking a look at the ‘Evaporating Clouds’ at a the first of three talks on Thursday. They considered real life examples, visualising both sides of the conflict and tried to find a better overall solution than just the obvious compromises. As this was a hands-on session, we were unable to film, but you can find out about the next meetup for the Limited WIP Society here.
Women in Data returned to host the second of Thursday’s meetups. Elizabeth Keogh introduced Cynefin, a framework for making sense of the world and its problems. Liz highlighted its uses, like how it can help developers with the use of libraries to avoiding the pitfalls of disorder. Catherine Breslin then covered the basics of speech recognition, and how we use machine learning to model both acoustics of speech and language.
To complete the week, Mark Harwood delivered an In The Brain talk on the open source search and analytics platform, ElasticSearch. Mark, a software engineer at ElasticSearch, demonstrated how anomaly detection algorithms can spot credit card fraud, revealed the UK’s most unexpected hotspot for possessing weapons and how to find movies that urgently need removing from your ‘family friendly’ category!
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