University Of Pretoria Computer Science Department

Deep Learning IndabaX to be hosted at UP

Posted by annar on Tue 14 Jan 2020, 09:42:51 Tue 14 Jan 2020, 09:42:51

This year, the Deep Learning IndabaX conference will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, 25th-27th March 2020. It will be hosted at UP, and co-hosted by the Department of Computer Science, with three CS staff members involved: Dr Vukosi Marivate (Local Organisation Chair), Dr Anna Bosman (Programme Chair), Dr Christopher Cleghorn (Programme Chair).

A Deep Learning IndabaX is a locally-organised Indaba* conference / summer school that helps ensure that knowledge and capacity in machine learning are spread more widely across the African continent. As a community-driven off-shoot of the Deep Learning Indaba, the events are typically organised by students and young researchers passionate about the field and its growth. Since 2018, 39 IndabaX events have been organized in different countries across Africa, growing the community by over 2,000 attendees. Collaborating with IndabaX events across the continent, the upcoming event is the only one in South Africa, and the biggest with at least 200 attendees each year.

The aim of the conference is to provide a practical introduction to machine learning for beginners, to exchange scientific knowledge amongst researchers, and showcase cutting-edge applications from industry partners (these will be in parallel sessions). Furthermore, there will be a poster session to showcase student research, an online hackathon for country engagement, and an "unconference" session to promote an attendee-driven agenda.

The event is highly recommended to all post-graduate students with an interest in machine learning. Apply to attend here: https://indabax.co.za/

You can also contact Dr Anna Bosman if you would like to get involved by volunteering to help during the event.

* "Indaba" is a Zulu and Xhosa word meaning "discussion" or "conference"

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