Deep Learning for Recommender Systems

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In the last few years, deep learning has achieved significant success in a wide range of domains, including computer vision, artificial intelligence, speech, NLP, and reinforcement learning. However, deep learning in recommender systems has, until recently, received relatively little attention. This talks explores recent advances in this area in both research and practice. I will explain how deep learning can be applied to recommendation settings, architectures for handling contextual data, side information, and time-based models, and compare deep learning approaches to other cutting-edge contextual recommendation models, and finally explore scalability issues and model serving challenges.

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About Nick Pentreath

Nick Pentreath is a principal engineer in IBM's Center for Open-source Data & AI Technology (CODAIT), where he works on machine learning. Previously, he cofounded Graphflow, a machine learning startup focused on recommendations. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs, Cognitive Match, and Mxit. He is a committer and PMC member of the Apache Spark project and author of "Machine Learning with Spark". Nick is passionate about combining commercial focus with machine learning and cutting-edge technology to build intelligent systems that learn from data to add business value.
Nick has presented at over 30 conferences, webinars, meetups and other events around the world including many previous Spark Summits.