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AWS Dublin Meetup – MACHINE LEARNING – Feb 11th, 2020

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

**UPDATE: 05 FEB 2020 – We’ve hit 400 Registrations! Let’s Keep Going!**

AWS UG DUBLIN 2020 – Feb 11th

Theme: “From Evolution to Revolution, The Age of MACHINE LEARNING is Now”


Julien Simon, Principal AI & ML Evangelist, AWS
Brian Tarbox, AWS Community Hero, COGITO
John Kane PhD, Head of Machine Learning, COGITO
Ronan Guilfoyle, Solutions Architects Manager, AWS
Ronan Prenty, Solutions Architect, AWS
Alan Kiernan, Cation Consulting / Parly.ai

MUSIC [Playlist chosen by DJ Julien Simon]


Machine learning is a branch of Artificial Intelligence which gets computers to act without being explicitly programmed. Machine Learning theory been with us for years, but over the last couple of years we’ve seen an explosion in its application in the form of futuristic self-driving cars, advanced medical diagnostics, optimized energy management, practical speech recognition, effective web search, personal digital assistants, and a crystal clear understanding of the human genome.


AWS is a global leader in the provision of Machine Learning tools for developers and this evening the AWS User Group Dublin is delighted to welcome Julien Simon, Principal AI and Machine Learning Evangelist with AWS to our Community HQ. In Julien’s session, we’ll learn all about Amazon SageMaker AutoPilot, a recent capability that automatically creates the best machine learning model for your dataset.
We’ll also learn how data pre-processing, feature engineering, algorithm selection, and model tuning are taken care for you. In addition, developers can inspect the code that was used at every step. Julien also promises a live demo, and if we have time we’ll feature a Q&A too – so have your ML questions at the ready.

We’re also delighted to welcome AWS Engineers Ronan Guilfoyle and Ronan Prenty who will bring us through basic building blocks as well as the most recent additions announced at Re:invent in December 2019.


Cogito applies extremely low-latency signal processing and machine learning algorithms to detect certain speaking behaviours and provide actionable guidance to call centre agents in real-time. This feedback leads to positive behaviour change which affects the key performance indicators (like average handle time and customer satisfaction metrics) of large enterprise customers across a range of verticals. Cogito leverages extremely large volumes of authentic call centre conversations to build datasets to train their deep learning which is deployed to production. In order to build those unique datasets, Cogito needs to ensure that they are strictly in line with data security and compliance requirements.

In this talk, John Kane (Head of Machine Learning) will provide an overview of the technical challenges regularly tackled at Cogito, which his team is deploying via AWS. Brian Tarbox (Principal Software Engineer at Cogito, and organiser of the Boston AWS Meetup) will then continue to provide an overview of Lambdas including simple lambdas, Step Functions, Layers, deployment, monitoring and new features.
He will then proceed to describe a system used at Cogito to enable creation of large datasets for machine learning, based on Lambdas, which meet data security and compliance requirements.


Alan Kiernan is well known to the AWS UG Community as an Innovator in Machine Learning driven product development. One of Alan’s many achievements is bringing NLU (Natural Language Understanding) and Conversational AI into Ryanair, Europe’s Largest Airline.

For technology entrepreneurs seeking to build a business on AI / ML foundations, Alan is a must-see / must-meet speaker. This is a lift-up-the-hood look at product development by one of the leading engineers working in this space.

You can find out more information about Alan’s most recent achievements here:


This is a FREE Event. Thanks to Singlepoint and Cogito!

AWS Community Leader


February 11
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Button Factory
2 Curved Street
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