NYAI #22: Modular Solutions to Complex Problems

DESCRIPTION:
Join us for what’s sure to be an awesome night in AI! This month’s event is focused on AI and Modular Solutions in Music. We’ll hear from Dr. Cole Ingraham (Music Systems Architect at Amper Music) who will give a talk titled: “From Many, One. Modular Solutions to Complex Problems”, followed by a Panel Discussion moderated by Greg Harris (Technical Advisor, NYAI). Panelists include Dr. Cole Ingraham (Music Systems Architect, Amper Music), Marc Hadfield (Founder, Vital.AI), Dillon Erb (CEO, Paperspace) and Dr. Ariel Elbaz (CXO, Clay Sciences).

In general, there is a misconception that computers, whether with traditional software design or those involving AI, solve “the problem” (whatever that may be) in one step, when really the solution often involves breaking the problem space down into many smaller pieces. This not only makes the task at hand easier to reason about, but also allows components of the solution to be reused later to solve different, possibly seemingly unrelated problems.

Wine/beer + Hors d’oeuvres + AI + Networking = The Best Tuesday ever!

ABSTRACT:
More often than not, the problem you want to solve is too large to effectively tackle all in one go. What may seem like a single task is frequently a collection of smaller components. AI tends to be portrayed as providing end to end solutions, however, it is important to recognize that, as with most other approaches, modular design typically yields better results and promote the reuse of work.

Software engineering for at least the last decade or so has really emphasized composability, separation of concerns, and generally making components which are dedicated to a specific task that can be pieced together to create larger systems. When it comes to machine learning, we often hear about “the curse of dimensionality,” as the number of features increases, so does the computational load when dealing with complex data. Similarly to regular software design, in many solutions, it can be effective to split ML problems into atomic pieces in order to reduce the dimensionality of the data, improve training and debugging, and allow for some components to be reused elsewhere.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
1. Next NYAI Event coming up on Tues, August 21st!
2. Data science relies on the same statistical methodology as these scientific fields. Can data scientists learn to avoid the same crisis of integrity? Clare Gollnick, CTO of Terbium Labs, considers the philosophy of data science and shares a framework that explains (and even predicts) the likelihood of success of a data project. Join Clare on July 31st at the Two Sigma Ventures space for this discussion – food and beverages provided! RSVP here!

SPEAKERS

Dr. Cole Ingraham
Music Systems Architect at Amper Music
Keynote Speaker
@ampermusic

Originally from the San Francisco bay area in California, American composer and multimedia artist
Cole D. Ingraham holds a B.M. in Music Composition from the University of the Pacific, an M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College, and a D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

After finishing his doctorate, he lived in Shanghai, China teaching music composition, theory, technology, and flute at FaceArt Institute of Music. Cole currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as the Music Systems Architect at Amper Music. He is an active performer, improviser, creative programmer, both as a soloist and a collaborator. His aesthetic involves experimentalism, noise, drone, programming as performance, and all things abstract.

Dillon Erb
CEO of Paperspace
Panelist
@dlnrb

Dillon Erb is CEO and co-founder of Paperspace, a leading provider of cloud solutions for ML and AI.

Prior to Paperspace, Dillon worked on projects ranging from robotic fabrication to HPC applications for topology optimization. Today, Dillon spends his time working to define cloud machine learning pipelines and accelerating the adoption of AI by developers.

THE AGENDA
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Arrive & Networking
Sign in, grab a cocktail, and help yourself to snacks.

*Building security closes the door promptly at 6:55 pm – you must arrive before then to ensure you can get in*
7:00 PM
Welcome Introduction
Maryam Farooq (Founder/Director, NYAI)
7:05 PM
Talk: “From Many, One. Modular Solutions to Complex Problems”
Dr. Cole Ingraham (Music Systems Architect at Amper Music)
7:50 PM
Intermission
Sip, Snack, and Chat
8:00 PM

Panel Discussion moderated by Greg Harris (Technical Advisor, NYAI)
Panelists include Dr. Cole Ingraham (Music Systems Architect, Amper Music), Marc Hadfield (Founder, Vital.AI), Dillon Erb (CEO, Paperspace) and Dr. Ariel Elbaz (CXO, Clay Sciences).
8:35 PM
Closing remarks, Networking and Mingling

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