Machine Learning Exposed: Introduction to Machine Learning


bigdata (Big) Data

Room B1

Saturday from 10:20 til 11:10

In the age of quantum computing, computer chip implants and artificial intelligence, it’s easy to feel left behind. For example, the term "machine learning" is increasingly bandied about in corporate settings and cocktail parties, but what is it, really?

In this session, James Weaver and Katharine Beaumont will give a gentle introduction to machine learning topics such as supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, and deep learning. We'll also survey various machine learning APIs and platforms. We’ll give you an overview of what you can achieve, as well as an intuition on the maths behind machine learning.

The presenters are very aware that some material on machine learning can be maths-intensive, and off-putting if you are not confident with your calculus. Conversely, some material doesn’t go into enough detail so you don’t get a feel for how things actually work. We aim to give the session we wish we’d attended at the start of our journey: We will start right at the beginning with the basics, and build up in an approachable way to some of the most interesting techniques so you can get the most out of your machine learning adventure.

James Weaver James Weaver

James Weaver is a Java developer, author, and speaker with a passion for helping Java to be increasingly leveraged in cloud-native and machine learning applications. He is a Java Champion, and a JavaOne Rockstar. James has written books including Inside Java, Beginning J2EE, the Pro JavaFX series, and Java with Raspberry Pi. As an Pivotal Developer Advocate, James speaks internationally at software technology conferences about Java and Cloud Native development. James tweets as @JavaFXpert, blogs at and and may be reached at jweaver [at]

Katharine Beaumont Katharine Beaumont

Katharine is a Java developer, having worked on medical software, Big Data and complex event processing, web development and machine learning. She has given a number of conference talks on her experiences in the software industry. With a background in law, science, mathematics and more recently machine learning, she (unsurprisingly) loves learning! She works as the Community & Content Manager for Voxxed, where her goal is to demystify complicated concepts and help spread knowledge among the developer community. On the side, she enjoys playing with Matlab/Python/Ruby, cycling, walking her dogs and living on a farm.