H2O is widely used for machine learning projects. A TechCrunch article, published in January 2017 by John Mannes, reported that around 20% of Fortune 500 companies use H2O.
Talk 1: Introduction to Scalable & Automatic Machine Learning with H2O
In recent years, the demand for machine learning experts has outpaced the supply, despite the surge of people entering the field. To address this gap, there have been big strides in the development of user-friendly machine learning software that can be used by non-experts. Although H2O and other tools have made it easier for practitioners to train and deploy machine learning models at scale, there is still a fair bit of knowledge and background in data science that is required to produce high-performing machine learning models.
In this presentation, Joe will introduce the AutoML functionality in H2O. H2O's AutoML provides an easy-to-use interface which automates the process of training a large, comprehensive selection of candidate models and a stacked ensemble model which, in most cases, will be the top performing model in the AutoML Leaderboard.
Talk 2: Making Multimillion-dollar Baseball Decisions with H2O AutoML and Shiny
Joe recently teamed up with IBM and Aginity to create a proof of concept "Moneyball" app for the IBM Think conference in Vegas. The original goal was to prove that different tools (e.g. H2O, Aginity AMP, IBM Data Science Experience, R and Shiny) could work together seamlessly for common business use-cases. Little did Joe know, the app would be used by Ari Kaplan (the real "Moneyball" guy) to validate the future performance of some baseball players. Ari recommended one player to a Major League Baseball team. The player was signed the next day with a multimillion-dollar contract. This talk is about Joe's journey to a real "Moneyball" application.
Bio : Jo-fai (or Joe) Chow is a data scientist at H2O.ai. Before joining H2O, he was in the business intelligence team at Virgin Media in UK where he developed data products to enable quick and smart business decisions. He also worked remotely for Domino Data Lab in the US as a data science evangelist promoting products via blogging and giving talks at meetups. Joe has a background in water engineering. Before his data science journey, he was an EngD research engineer at STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre working on machine learning techniques for drainage design optimization. Prior to that, he was an asset management consultant specialized in data mining and constrained optimization for the utilities sector in the UK and abroad. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Management and a BEng in Civil Engineering.