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Deep Learning & Machine Learning For Business Applications Bootcamp (San Francisco)
James Ward
James Ward, Epistemology

James Ward is a leading thinker and practitioner in the art of applying Artificial Intelligence to the challenges of business strategy, with a particular focus on marketing and distribution in Financial Services. He is the CEO of Epistemology, a leading AI consulting and products firm.


Prior to that, he was the former Head of Analytics for IAG Satellite who developed group wide Artificial Intelligence strategy using the power of Machine Learning, to increase IAG’s ability to keep policyholders safe while delivering a beautiful customer experiences.


James was also the former Senior Manager of Analytics for McKinsey & Company as well as former Director of Technology Advisory for Deloitte as an industry insider working with some of Australia’s largest Financial Services companies in Banking and Insurance, and as a fundamental academic researcher with the Key Centre for Advanced Computing Sciences.


Program Summary

This program will show you the fundamental tenets of machine and deep learning such as using AI for object detection or image classification and applying them to solve major business applications. From industrial automation to natural language processing, perception for autonomous vehicle, healthcare image analysis and more, you will discover how to  automate data analysis, train and optimize different types of neural networks and start deploying them to start solve real-world business applications with minimal supervision.


You will also uncover the landscape of how AI stands today, why it is gravitating towards Deep Learning and how that fits into your organization’s future. You will also learn how to embed Deep Learning in your organization’s existing technology development life-cycle and understand why unsupervised learning will become far more important in the future

Programs, dates and locations are subject to change. In accordance with Clariden Global policy, we do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national or disability in admission to our programs.


We have entered the era of Big Data since a couple of years ago and most organizations have been drowned in data, with data doubling every 12 months and expected to reach some 44 zettabytes in size by 2020 based on a study by Deloitte. It is essential to leverage these pools of data to help you in making strategic decisions for your organizations as well as your clients. With the unmanageable volume and complexity of data, it increases the potential of machine learning where machines are trained to process a valid training set that contains the features necessary to tune an algorithm. According to a recent study, more than 12 banks have replaced their older statistical-modelling approaches with machine learning techniques, and some are already benefitting from 10% increase in sales of new products, 20% savings in capital expenditures, 20% increase in cash collections and 20% declines in churn.


This interactive program will show you the comprehensive roadmap to understanding machine learning and deep learning development and how to leverage its automated data analysis ability to perform beyond human’s capabilities. In addition, you will be guided on the basics of machine learning and deep learning analogy and understand the use cases of both machine learning and deep learning that will change how organization will operate in near future. You will also uncover the inference of algorithm that will build an ideal outcome for your business. By understanding the correlation of the algorithm, you will able to automate the process with complex mathematical calculations, at a much faster pace to achieve the desired outcomes.


At the end of the workshop, you will be able to master the key steps to solve large problems with machine and deep learning and leverage on complex networks to optimize the processing efficiency


What You Can Expect

  • Intelligent Automation & AI: Analyzing the Game-Changing Potential of AI on Enhancing Operational Efficiency, Productivity & Automation
  • Integrating AI into Existing Infrastructure
  • How to Accelerate the Adoption of Enterprise-Wide AI Using Big Data
  • How to Create the Conditions for Success in Adopting AI, Machine and Deep Learning
  • Applications of AI, Deep Learning and Machine Learning
  • Machine and Deep Learning Applications in Supply Chain & Manufacturing, Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Marketing, Education, Legal, Transportation and More

Who Will Benefit Most

This highly interactive program is designed for Executives, Managers, Directors, Head of Departments, C-Suite in, but not limited to, data science & engineering, business intelligence and analytics, information technology, artificial intelligence, software development, as well as practitioners who are involved in product planning & development as well as business strategy & innovation within the organization.

Program Outline



Introducing Participants

  • Getting the most from the workshop
  • Discovering participant objectives 


Introducing Artificial Intelligence 

  • The power of AI
  • Exploring definitions and principles of AI
  • Minimax: Logical vs Probabilistic Reasoning
  • Pancakes
  • Binomial Distribution
  • Pascal’s Triangle 




The Deep Learning Algorithms

  • Concepts 
  • Overview 
  • Platforms 
  • Feed forward 
  • Back propagation
  • Gradient descent 


Limitations of Deep Learning 

  • Deep learning alternatives 
  • Causal inference 
  • Ensemble methods 




The Impact and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence 


Creating Artificial Intelligence Strategy 

  • Grandfather’s axe 
  • Hypothesis based improvement 
  • Matching AI capabilities 


Responses to Survey Questions 




Developing YOUR AI Strategy 

  • Presentation of ideas 
  • Peer critique and discussion
  • Building a roadmap for success 
  • Making it real, making it personal

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Venue: Argonaut Hotel
Date: 28 - 29 June 2018
Faculty: James Ward
Early Bird 1: US$1,895 (Register & pay by 7 May 2018)
Early Bird 2: US$2,195 (Register & pay by 4 June 2018)
Regular Fee: US$2,295
Group Discount: 2nd participant get 10%, or register 3 participants and 4th participant get a complimentary seat
(1 discount scheme applies)
Contact: clarice.thompson@claridenglobal.org
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