Google Developers Group (GDG), Burnaby, in collaboration with IEEE Vancouver CS Chapter, IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) and Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) brings to you it's biggest event- GDG DevFest'18.
This year we aim to bring together people who shape the future of ML, Web and Security technologies at 6 hours of sessions, workshops, and networking. Described by many as 'Google I/O of Google Community Events', the team creates DevFest to be the best place for inspiration and experience sharing.
This year we have 6 hours worth of sessions, workshops, and networking for you.
Our line up of speakers include:
1. Kyle Hounslow: Machine Learning Engineer and AI Tech Lead for Digitalist Studio
Session: Intro to Object Detection and Semantic Segmentation for Self Driving Car Applications
Kyle is a specialist in Machine Learning and Computer Vision. Currently, he is AI Tech Lead for Digitalist Studio. He specializes in Computer Vision and Deep Neural Networks with emphasis on Fully Convolutional Networks (FCNs) and Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs). He has experience in training and deploying neural networks at production scale and is known for his pragmatic approach in solving many complex ML problems. He is also a part-time educator specializing in deep learning and image processing. Kyle will walk us through the technology behind Self Driving cars and how they use object detection for autonomous driving. He will also be taking a workshop on Autonomous Driving and application of computer vision and machine learning in the same.
Kyle will introduce some popular Deep Learning and Computer Vision techniques currently used in the self-driving car industry. He'll outline the workflow for training Convolutional Neural Networks to perform object detection and semantic segmentation tasks. You'll get hands-on experience with Tensorflow and Python through an interactive Jupyter Notebook session hosted in Google Colab. It is highly recommended that you follow along with the live coding session, so don't forget your laptop! Please prepare by signing up and getting familiar with Colab.
Session: Who is in your pocket? Security and Privacy for Mobile Developers
Sarah is a cybersecurity consultant will talk about safeguarding user privacy on mobile apps. She is a serial entrepreneur and currently runs a Cyber Security consultancy. She has spent a dozen years in IT in various roles, including various leadership positions. Sarah spends her time hacking, teaching coding, and trying to explain to fellow locals in her village "what exactly she does for a living".
With mobile and IoT devices proliferating at an exponential rate security is more important than ever. Sarah is here to discuss the threats and ways to mitigate these threats as a developer. This talk will mainly be focused on the Android OS and Android App development, though will also have lots to offer for those interested in mobile/IoT security as a whole.
3. Bob Gill: Vice Chair, IEEE Computing Science Vancouver
Session: Sustainable Solution for Smart Cities
Bob has been associated will IEEE Vancouver more than 15 years now. In past, he has served as the chair of IEEE Vancouver Section and is currently heading the Computing Science Section. He is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and has served APEGBC in various capacities and presently serving as a member on Mentoring committee. He will present some sustainable solutions for building the future smart city.
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