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Toronto Hosts Deep Learning Summit

Toronto Hosts Deep Learning Summit

Toronto, Canada’s largest city and home to the world’s highest concentration of AI start-ups, is hosting the RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit  October 25 – 26, 2018. Over the course of the two-day event, innovators in the Deep Learning space will explore the latest technological advancements and real world applications of Deep Learning technologies to improve efficiencies and advance businesses around the world.

Expected to attract some 600 delegates from across the globe, 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.

New this year, the AI for Government Summit which will 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.

Toronto’s tech sector generates some $52 billion in GDP annually and is a magnet for conferences in this sector.

“Toronto has emerged as one of the world’s fastest-growing tech markets,” say Tara Gordon, vice president, sales and service for Business Events Toronto. “Groups choosing the city for their meetings benefit from the conversations happening here.”

At the Deep Learning Summit, those conversations are being led by a stellar line-up of speakers, including:

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.

Graham Taylor, Associate Professor, University of Guelph

Graham is a Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Guelph where he leads the Machine Learning Research Group. Graham is also the director of NextAI, the non-profit initiative to strengthen Canada’s AI venture creation, and a member of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Tomi Poutanen, Chief AI Officer, TD Bank
Tomi is co-founder and co-CEO of Layer 6 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.

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