My name is Guru Medasani and I’m currently working as a Solutions Architect at Cloudera in Chicago, IL. I travel around the country and sometimes around the world helping customers scale their applications to deal with big data. Prior to Cloudera, I worked as an engineer at Monsanto’s Research and Development in St.Louis, MO helping them scale their genomic pipelines on top of Hadoop.
My interest started in Machine Learning in 2013 when I heard scientists around me talk about predictive analytics, Bayesian models and how they need more engineers with knowledge in these areas. I quickly went and took Andrew NG’s Coursera Machine Learning class and absolutely loved it. From there on I took several MOOCs on data science and machine learning. Slowly as part of my current job, I started helping customers build large scale machine learning models on top of Hadoop and Spark. As I tried to apply natural language processing on twitter and other types of text data, I landed on neural networks, deep learning websites/papers and then eventually self-driving cars :). From this course, I hope to learn start of the art deep learning models and how to use them to solve various problems.
My current interests are learning state of the art deep learning architectures and data science methods to solve real-world business problems and public policy issues. My current hobbies include reading, watching tons of Netlfix/HBO and following politics.
Since everyone here is interested in learning deep learning, I encourage you to also learn about the impact of deep learning and AI on the economy and jobs. Here is a recent presidential report on AI and economy.
Jeremy, thank you for providing this class as a MOOC and enabling people like me to join your class from Chicago and other parts of the world. I look forward to this class and some great discussions on this forum.