Tianqi holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he was a member of ACM Class, now part of Zhiyuan College in SJTU. He did his master’s degree at Changhai Jiao Tong University in China on Apex Data and Knowledge Management before joining the University of Washington as a PhD. He has had several prestigious internships and has been a visiting scholar including: Google on the Brain Team, at Graphlab authoring the boosted tree and neural net toolkit, at Microsoft Research Asia in the Machine Learning Group, and the Digital Enterprise Institute in Galway Ireland. What really excites Tianqi is what processes and goals can be enabled when we bring advanced learning techniques and systems together. He pushes the envelope on deep learning, knowledge transfer and lifelong learning. His PhD is supported by a Google PhD Fellowship.
Build Scalable and Modular Learning Systems:
Machine learning and data-driven approaches are becoming very important in many areas. There are one factors that drive these successful applications: scalable learning systems that learn the model of interest from large datasets. More importantly, the system needed to be designed in a modular way to work with existing ecosystem and improve users’ productivity environment. In this talk, I will talk about XGBoost and MXNet, two learning scalable and portable systems that I build. I will discuss how we can apply distributed computing, asynchronous scheduling and hardware acceleration to improve these systems, as well as how do they fit into bigger open-source ecosystem of machine learning.