An aim of the Deep Learning Indaba was to make the excellent research in all areas of machine learning and data science more visible, offering a showcase of the continental research base. We believe we took the first positive steps in this direction. It is our privilege to be able to recognise the excellence in research shown by all the students at the Indaba: they are clear evidence of the capacity in deep learning and machine learning that exists in our continent. They have inspired us all to do our best work.
In total 157 posters were presented at the Indaba, and covered every topic imaginable: diagnostic tools for breast cancer, malaria and tuberculosis; ways to address water management in areas that are experiencing severe water shortages; machine learning in mining and mineral extraction; much needed tools for support, analysis and translation of local languages; the analysis for astronomical data generated by the Square Kilometre Array telescope; or even using machine learning to characterise the structure of large prime numbers. The diversity and quality of work was astounding.
To celebrate the effort made by students, and to further support their research and their home institutions, we subtly deployed a panel of judges comprising our invited speakers, to score each of the posters. We identified 37 students as winners of prizes. These students have demonstrated true excellence in research.
We celebrate their achievements and contributions to the Indaba.
NIPS Travel AwardS
These prizes were awarded to:
Much of modern Deep Learning is powered by computation on GPUs from NVIDIA. NVIDIA were eager supporters of the Indaba and gave us three TitanX GPUs as prizes. These were awarded to:
Through the support of the Cambridge university press, we were able to offer 10 copies of machine learning books in their collection, specifically: Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning, Computer Age Statistical Inference, and Machine Learning Refined. These books were awarded to:
With the generous support of the MIT Press, were were able to offer 20 copies of books in their collection: Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective, and Deep Learning. These were awarded to:
We awarded a copy of the book Neural Networks for Natural Language Processing to:
And awarded two coffee machines, from our sponsor Makro, to: