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We crunch(ed) Artificial Intelligence Meetup – part three

For our third Meetup about putting Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to practice, we were very happy to welcome Thomas Stalman and Peter van Lith. They had two quite different, but very interesting stories. And despite the beautiful weather and the national strike at the regional public transport, they had a full room of people to share their stories with.

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Thomas started the evening with his story about welkrestaurant.nl. Have you ever found yourself in the situation that you were in a city which you didn’t know so well and were looking for a nice place to have some dinner? Fear no more, because now we have AI, in the form of welkrestaurant.nl, which can help you find a nice restaurant in the city you’re in, based on another restaurant you do know and like in any other Dutch city. During his presentation Thomas took us on the journey of building a recommender system using, amongst other information, text mining on the reviews people gave about a restaurant.

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Peter started his talk by showing us some videos on (humanoid) robotics football, with his own humorous commentary in the voice-over. Which was a brilliant introduction into the subject of robotics football. Something the TU Eindhoven is really good at, seeing that they won the World Championship for the fourth time in the last seven years. Peter took us on a whole different journey than Thomas did, our second journey of the evening took us along the path of creating (distorted) images for training purposes, the training of neural networks combined with existing programmed behaviour of the robots and how this should work on the robots in the end.

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All in all we really enjoyed the evening and we want to thank our speakers, but also our audience! It was so great to see you all coming (again for some of you) to our headquarters in Amersfoort. Thank you for your attention and questions and we hope to see you at our next Meetup, which will be on Wednesday 17 October 2018. Please sign yourself up for our The Analytics Lab Meetup group, to make sure you will stay informed about our Meetups!

We definitely hope to see you there!

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“We crunch(ed) Artificial Intelligence” Meetup

On December 13 we had our very first The Analytics Lab Meetup at our Headquarters in Amersfoort. Despite the traffic jams around Amersfoort and a broken train that blocked the track between Utrecht and Amersfoort we could welcome around thirty people on this cold Wednesday. Unfortunately one of our expected speakers, Thomas Stalman from welkrestaurant.nl wasn’t one of them, the broken train made it impossible for him to get to Amersfoort on time. But on the bright side, this means we already have an amazing speaker planned for our next meetup!

After some simple but nice dinner, our other three speakers made grateful use of the space that Thomas left for them and brought their story full of enthusiasm to the bedazzled attendees of the meetup. Our first speaker was Klaas Tjepkema who told us about the Advanced Data Sampler and about the plans he has to evolve this. A story about dreaming big and starting small, a perfect example of putting AI to practice. Our second speakers were Joost van der Leegte and Willem van der Geest who told us about their Project Friday Project: AI and Coffee. This project is part of our The Analytics Lab Playground, where we can play around, have fun and learn a lot of new skills! In their presentation Joost and Willem told us more about the coffee machine that was extended with facial recognition. We even got a live demonstration of this coffee machine.

All in all it was a really interesting and fun evening, which gave a nice opportunity to learn more about artificial intelligence in general and data sampling and facial recognition more particular.

Thanks to everybody who was there at our very first meetup, we definitely enjoyed it and hope you did as well!

If you want to know more, or you want to be informed about our next meetup, please sign up at meetup.com and join our The Analytics Lab group. We’d love to see you there!