H2O World 2018 - London

It's been two weeks since I've been back from H2O AI World 2018 in London. First off, London is always a great city. I love it. Add in H2O World and it was like a machine learning fairy tale.

Kaggle Grandmasters, new H2O-3 and Driverless AI releases, and awesome speakers.

I wanted to write a detailed 'blow by blow' account of my experiences at H2O World but I was beaten to the punch. Pavel wrote an awesome post about his experiences in London AND so did folks over in Mountain View do the same with their 'Top 5 Things You Should Know About H2O AI World London.'

That's the thing when you work for a fast paced organization, you gotta be fast too.

My favorite talks

Four talks/presentations really stood out for me, and I'll list them in no particular order below.

The first was Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf's presentation on combating extinction. The use of image mining amateur photographs to calculate animal populations was fascinating. I was lucky enough to meet up with her after her talk to get into the nitty gritty details of the process.

https://youtu.be/4McrCDioiCc

Next was Ashrith's talk on "Modeling Approaches for Malicious Behavioural Detection." I found this fascinating because I have a big interest in anomaly detection and it's application.

https://youtu.be/DXcLfrvkJgs

Followed by Erin's talk on "Scalable Automatic Machine Learning with H2O." In it she goes over the recent AutoML enhancements and what the roadmap looks like for today..

https://youtu.be/KN3iVR497TI

Then there was the Kaggle Grandmaster Panel, which hosted some amazing talent. I found the question and answer discussion to be quite enlightening. On top of that I got to speak with the youngest Kaggle Grandmaster, Mikel Bobar-Irizar, after hours on how he began his journey in Data Science.

https://youtu.be/BNAiHpH_gMM

H2O AI World 2019

Wouldn't you know? H2O AI World 2019 was just announced for February in San Francisco. Hope to see you there.

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