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Qatar is Ready for the Machine Learning Adoption

by on November 7, 2018

141 attendees from 13 countries enjoyed the first edition of our Machine Learning School in Doha, co-organized with Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Machine Learning practitioners from mostly Qatar, as well as Algeria, Egypt, Finland, Mexico, Montenegro, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States, traveled to the capital of Qatar for two days packed with Machine Learning master classes, practical workshops, one-on-one consultations at the Genius Corner, as well as plenty of chances for networking with data-driven professionals.

The BigML and QCRI teams are very excited and impressed with such a great response, which was felt at the event in our interactions with the audience and the media on November 4-5 at the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel. The MLSD18 was booked to capacity in less than a week. A wide variety of professionals joined the two-day intensive course, 90 attendees represented 12 top universities from the Middle East region, and the remaining 51 attendees came from 29 organizations, including some of the most influential companies in the region.

The lessons were delivered by experienced BigML team members as well as QCRI Scientists. BigML’s CIO Poul Petersen covered the important topic of Machine Learning-Ready Data, together with Dr. Saravanan Thirumuruganathan, Scientist at QCRI. The curriculum also included supervised and unsupervised learning techniques, taught by Dr. Greg Antell, BigML’s Machine Learning Architect, and Dr. Sanjay Chawla, Research Director with the Qatar Computing Research Institute, respectively. The automation section was presented by BigML’s CTO, Dr. José Antonio Ortega (jao). Furthermore, Dr. Mourad Ouzzani, Principal Scientist with QCRI, presented the latest research projects QCRI has been working on. Please check out these photo albums on Google+ and Facebook to view the event’s highlights.

We could not wish for a better start of our Machine Learning Schools series in the Middle East, and look forward to future editions in the region. Stay tuned for future announcements! For the Machine Learning enthusiasts who could not join the MLSD18, we encourage you to register for the first Machine Learning School in Seville, on March 7-8, 2019.

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