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A Deep Learning Infusion

Last week, the Deep Learning Bootcamp 2017 took place at the Center for Systems Biology in Dresden. It was a mind blowing experience – both from the intellectual and from the social point of view. If you want to get more direct impressions, see our twitter timeline.

We had two highly motivated instructors: Nico Hoffman (Uniklinikum Dresden) and Kashif Rasul (Zalando/Freie Universität Berlin) that were a perfect match for the course as they came with experience, curiosity and the talent to adapt their teaching ad-hoc or even over night if they felt it was needed. Our instructors encountered 33 curious learners from industry (e.g. automobile, network security, media) and academia from many disciplines (plasma physics, particle physics, economy, air and spacecraft engineering as well as a lot of life science domains). Our participants traveled from as far as Paris, London, Italy, Zurich and many other cities in Germany to Dresden.

We were fortunate enough to have wonderful sponsors that allowed us to put up the course on a reduced budget and yet provide all participants with food and drinks, supplemental material and (most importantly) t-shirts. That’s why we deeply thank all of our sponsors at this point: GCOE Dresden, Scionics Computer Innovation GmbH, Google CloudNvidiaZalando Research, Deep Learning Box, Cray and the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure.

Here is an impression of our wonderful participants, instructors and speakers that made the event interactive and thriving as much as possible:

Last but not least, here is a screenshot of the anonymous feedback I received so far from 20 participants:

I hope I have provided enough evidence with the above, that deep learning is here to stay at Dresden. I will add one or two more blog posts in the coming days on some of the GPU related findings, we made during the workshop. So stay tuned!

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