may, 2019

14may6:00 pm9:00 pmIBM AI Belgium meetup#3: Watson Studio, the IDE toolkit for data scientists Event Organized By: Event Type :Meetup

Event Details

The IBM AI meetup #3 will take place in DigitYser, hosting some specialists to show you the (new) possibilities of powerAI.

Here is the agenda:

18:00 – 18:30 – Welcome

18:30 – Franz Bourlet (IBM) : PowerAI update – Since our last meetup, PowerAI has received a new name (now Watson Machine Learning Accelerator) and a whole bunch of new functionality (Docker support, cloud offerings, new frameworks, deeper integration with AI SW,…). This short update will tell you all about that.

18:45 – Fabian Michel (IBM) : Storage for AI – As organizations move from experimentation and prototypes to deploying AI in production, the first challenge is to embed AI into the existing data pipeline or build a
data pipeline that can leverage existing data repositories. IBM Spectrum Scale is an optimized file storage for HPC and AI workloads that can scale efficiently and provide the performance needed to keep the CPUs and GPUs busy.

19:15 – Stefan Van Den Borre (IBM) : Watson Studio presentation and live demo – Watson Studio accelerates the machine and deep learning workflows required to infuse AI into your business to drive innovation. It provides a suite of tools for data scientists, application developers and subject matter experts, allowing them to collaboratively connect to data, wrangle that data and use it to build, train and deploy models at scale.

In this session an overview of the capabilities of Watson Studio will be presented, followed by an end-to-end (i.e. from business problem to deployed model) demonstration of the machine learning workflow.

20:45 – Wrap Up and Close, followed by refreshments and catering

Our speakers :

Stefan has been active in data management for the biggest part of his carrier. He started as database and data warehouse specialist, later he moved to the big data world were he worked with several big data inspired technologies. Having this sound data engineering background, he is now slowly moving into data science territory. He is currently working as technical specialist for IBM’s data science product set.

Fabian is an Expert Level Certified Consulting IT Specialist. He is acting as a Client Technical Architect for IBM Systems in Belgium. He holds a Masters’ degree in sciences of industrial engineering (M.Sc. Engineering) in electronics. His areas of expertise cover infrastructure solutions design, performance, virtualization, storage, and high vailability. He has over 22 years of experience in the computing fields of Power Systems, IBM i, Linux, Open source solutions, and storage.
Fabian wrote various papers and developed tools that earned him worldwide recognition. Often sought by clients as a recognized Technology and Performance advisor, he is also a frequent speaker at customer events.

Franz is is a Client Technical Sales Specialist for IBM POWER Systems in Belgium. He holds a master degree in German philology and one in business management. He joined IBM in 1988 and immediately specialized in POWER systems (then called AS/400), in various roles. After an experience in storage solutions, Franz came back to his roots in 2013, this time with a stronger focus on Linux and open source solutions on POWER. Franz has over 20 years of practical experience with Linux and open source, on POWER, x86 and ARM architectures. He is both a Certified Linux Administrator and a certified POWER specialist.

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(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Boulevard d'Anvers 40


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