The Past, Present and Future Big Data and Machine Learning
(But Not As It's Often Misunderstood)
Speaker:Dr. Christopher Nguyen
Co-founder and CEO of Adatao
Date & Time:9 Apr 2015 (Thursday) 10:00 - 11:00
Venue:E22-G015
Organized by:Department of Computer and Information Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Abstract

The objective of the talk is to give the audience a broad, yet not well appreciated, overview of the areas of Big Data and Machine Learning: what they mean today and fifty years from now, drawing on latest developments in Deep Learning. Investments in Silicon Valley are returning their focus on basic science and technology, from an over-investment in some consumer and entertainment service areas. I will also share some concrete current business use cases, demonstrating state-of-the-art tooling and architectures in production today. I will close by sharing my perspective with a motivational message for those contemplating a career in the field.

Biography

Dr. Christopher Nguyen is a former Assistant Professor at HKUST from its early days. He was a co-founding director of the Computer Engineering Programme. He received his PhD from Stanford and BS summa cum laude from UC Berkeley. Since leaving HKUST, he has co-founded two successful startups, led teams at Google as an Engineering Director on Google Apps. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Adatao, a Big Data/Machine Learning startup with $13MM in backing from leading investors Andreessen Horowitz, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Bloomberg Beta.