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Monday, June 29 • 2:05pm - 2:55pm
Democratizing AI with Sparklyr - Javier Luraschi, RStudio

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Artificial Intelligence is a rapid-growing field with significant transformational impact to many industries and civilization at large; however, using AI in 2020 is still hard and requires highly-qualified teams to set up the infrastructure and successfully apply AI techniques.

The new 'sparklyr' project simplifies the process of scaling AI by providing an interface for scalable computing, machine learning, and deep learning using technologies like R, Apache Spark, MLlib, MLeap, Apache Livy, Apache Arrow, and so on.

This talk will present 'sparklyr' as a modern, easy to use, and capable interface to prototype, implement, and scale AI workflows into automated and production-ready pipelines. The secret-sauce for 'sparklyr' is to provide first-class support for local-development, which is key while prototyping AI workflows, interoperate with relevant AI frameworks like TensorFlow and Keras, and enable scaling out local workflows into proper cluster-computing environments using Apache Spark.

This talk will also present future directions and opportunities for Open Source contributors to join this exciting project and helps us make AI accessible to everyone.

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Javier Luraschi

Software Engineer, RStudio
Javier is the author of “Mastering Spark with R”, sparklyr, mlflow, pins and many other R packages for deep learning and data science. He holds a double degree in Math and Software Engineer and decades of industry experience with a focus on data analysis. He currently works in... Read More →

Monday June 29, 2020 2:05pm - 2:55pm CDT
AI/ML/DL Theater