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Join LF AI at Cloud Native + Open Source Virtual Summit China 2020

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The LF AI Foundation is excited to announce our participation at the upcoming Cloud Native + Open Source Virtual Summit China 2020! The event will be held virtually on July 30 – August 1, and registration is free.

Below are all the different ways to interact with the LF AI Foundation at the conference. We hope to see you there!

Attend the LF AI Lightning Talk!

We invite you to join Dr. Ibrahim Haddad, the LF AI Foundation Executive Director, for our LF AI Foundation Lightning Talk: LF AI: Accelerating Open Source AI Innovation and Collaboration.

Over the past two decades, open source software — and its collaborative development model — has disrupted multiple industries and technology sectors, including the Internet/web, telecom, and consumer electronics. Today, large scale open source projects in new technology sectors like blockchain and artificial intelligence are driving the next wave of disruption in an even broader span of verticals ranging from finance, energy and automotive to entertainment and government.

In this talk, Dr. Haddad will provide a quick overview of the efforts of the LF AI Foundation in supporting the development, harmonization, and acceleration of open source AI projects and how to get involved.

The date and time of the talk will be published soon. Please check the conference schedule for more details. We look forward to uncovering new collaboration opportunities among our growing community. 

Join us by registering to attend the conference – Register Now

Visit us at the LF AI Virtual Booth!

Visit our virtual booth! Scan our WeChat QR code 30 minutes before the LF AI talk to interact with LF AI Executive Director, Dr. Ibrahim Haddad. You’ll also be able to get more information on how to get involved with the LF AI Foundation.

The LF AI Foundation mission is to build and support an open AI community, and drive open source innovation in the AI, ML, and DL domains by enabling collaboration and the creation of new opportunities for all the members of the community. 

Want to get involved with the LF AI Foundation? Be sure to subscribe to our mailing lists to join the community and stay connected on the latest updates. 

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Join Us at the First AI for People Workshop!

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Guest Author: Marta Ziosi from AI for People, an LF AI Foundation Associate Member – Originally posted on Medium.com

We’re excited to announce the first AI for People Workshop, which will be held on August 8th and 9th from 9:30 – 18:00 Central European Time (CET). The event will be held online and is entirely free. Register here.

AI for People was born out of the idea of shaping Artificial Intelligent technology around human and societal needs. We believe that technology should respect the anthropocentric principle. It should be at the service of people, not vice-versa. In order to foster this idea, we need to narrow the gap between civil society and technical experts. This gap is one in knowledge, in action and in tools for change.

In this spirit, we want to share our knowledge through a hands-on workshop with everyone. We are glad to announce 7 speakers offering talks of a diversity of topics about and around Artificial Intelligence. There are 2 basic courses which require little to no programming experience, 4 advanced courses with varying degree of technical depth and one invited speaker.

The Schedule:

Please note: All times are in CET (Central European Time).

The Topics and Speakers:

A hands-on Exercise in Natural Language Processing. The lecturer Philipp Wicke will give a brief introduction to Natural Language Processing (NLP). This lecture is very practice-oriented and Philipp will show an example of topic modeling on real data. Click here for more details.

Introduction to AI Ethics. Our chair Marta Ziosi will provide a broad introduction to the topics ethically relevant to AI development. Whether you have a technical or social science background, this course will present you with the trade-offs that technology faces society with and it will provide you with the conceptual tools relevant to the field of AI ethics. Click here for more details.

Open-Source AI. Our invited speaker Dr. Ibrahim Haddad, Executive Director of the LF AI Foundation, will talk about open source AI. Click here for more details.

Coding AI. The lecturer Kevin Trebing will give an introduction on how to create AI applications. For this, you will learn the basics of PyTorch, one of the biggest AI frameworks next to TensorFlow. Click here for more details.

Cultural AI. Maurice Jones will outline how the meaning of AI as a technology is socially constructed and which role cultural factors play in this process. He will give a practical example on how different cultures create different meanings surrounding technologies. Click here for more details.

Creative AI. The lecturer Gabriele Graffieti will give an introduction on creative AI, what it means for an artificial intelligence to be creative and how to instill creativity into the training process. In this lecture we’ll cover in detail generative models and in particular Generative Adversarial Networks. Click here for more details.

Continual AI. The lecturer Vincenzo Lomonaco will give a brief introduction to the topic of Continual Learning for AI. This lecture is very practice-oriented and based on slides and runnable code on Google Colaboratory. You will be able to code and play alongside the lecture in order to acquire the basic knowledge and skills. Click here for more details.

The course is free for everyone, yet we ask you to register in advance. As a non-profit organisation all of our work and effort is voluntary. If you like the workshop, we suggest a donation of 15€ for the entire workshop.

Attendance is limited through the virtual classroom and entry is based on first-registered-first-served, therefore we ask you to register as soon as possible: 

REGISTER NOW

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at aiapplications@aiforpeople.org .

The LF AI Foundation mission is to build and support an open AI community, and drive open source innovation in the AI, ML, and DL domains by enabling collaboration and the creation of new opportunities for all the members of the community.

Want to get involved with the LF AI Foundation? Be sure to subscribe to our mailing lists to join the community and stay connected on the latest updates. 

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Thank you for Joining the LF AI Foundation at OSS+ELC NA 2020!

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Thank you to everyone who joined us last week at Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference North America 2020! 

The event was held virtually this year, with over 4,100 people from over 109 countries attending! 

The AI/ML/DL Track was well attended, with several AI industry leaders sharing knowledge and insights, and engaging with attendees in several great discussions, both during the sessions and afterwards in the official OSS+ELC Slack workspace.

Miss the sessions? If you registered for OSS NA, you can always view all of the session recordings on demand on the virtual event platform anytime. Or check back on the OSS NA website for a link to all of the sessions recordings on YouTube soon.

The virtual LF AI Foundation booth was also a hit! We had over 300 people visit the booth and interact with our LF AI community members who were staffing the booth. Visitors were also able to download resources to learn more about each of LF AI’s projects, and they were able to give us insight into what type of projects they want to see in the future through our attendee survey.

On the final day of the conference, we hosted our LF AI Mini Summit. Our presenters covered the latest updates from the Foundation, Technical Advisory Council, Trusted AI Committee, and more. We had over 160 people attend the Summit, and received a lot of interest in what the LF AI Foundation is doing. We’re looking forward to more engagement opportunities with the community in the future. 

Miss the Summit? If you registered for OSS NA, you can always view the Summit recording on demand on the virtual event platform anytime. Or check back on the OSS NA website for a link to all of the sessions recordings on YouTube soon.

The LF AI Foundation mission is to build and support an open AI community, and drive open source innovation in the AI, ML, and DL domains by enabling collaboration and the creation of new opportunities for all the members of the community.

Want to get involved with the LF AI Foundation? Be sure to subscribe to our mailing lists to join the community and stay connected on the latest updates. 

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Join LF AI at AI Open Day – July 4, 2020

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Join the LF AI Foundation at the AI Open Day in Shenzhen, China on July 4, 2020. This event is hosted by GDG and OSTech and LF AI is thrilled to participate in this series again. 

Come listen to representatives of five member companies (Baidu, Huawei, Tencent, ZILLIZ, and ZTE) from the LF AI Foundation who will share their AI experiences, present the problems they’re facing, and discuss how they go about solving them.

As the foundation and common tool set in AI development, the artificial intelligence framework can solve many practical problems, whether it is in academic research or tedious work in social production activities. LF AI Foundation member companies were invited to discuss these issues at the first AI Open Day series of events in May. Now, we will continue the discussion to review the progress and latest information regarding these topics.

Registration is now open and the event is free to attend. 

The venue will be mainly on-site in Shenzhen, China plus on-line virtual. (Note: In-country logistics and COVID-19 policies, we follow the Shenzhen, China city government published practices).

AI OPEN DAY AGENDA:

  • 13:30-14:00: Registration
  • 14:00-14:10: Opening
  • 14:10-14:40: ZTE AI platform senior engineer, Tao Liu: An end-to-end toolchain for accelerating practice of AI applications
  • 14:40-15:10: Qichacha architect, Mr. Chen & Zilliz senior architect, Mr. Gu: How Milvus helps real-time incremental text deduplication tasks (online)
  • 15:10-15:40: Huawei MindSpore open source engineer, Ivy He: An Introduction to the MindSpore Deep Learning Framework
  • 15:40-16:00: Free communication. Group photo.
  • 16:00-16:30: Principal architect in Baidu, Mr. Dong: Industrial practice of large scale distributed training in PaddlePaddle (online)
  • 16:30-17:00: Tencent senior engineer, Mr Xiao: Angel FL: Secure Federated Learning and Its Applications
  • 17:00-17:30: Free communication.

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Thank you to Orange for a Successful Virtual LF AI Day EU!

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A big thank you to Orange for hosting our first virtual LF AI Day EU! The event was held on June 22, 2020 and was a great success with close to 50 attendees joining live. 

The event featured keynote speakers from leading operators in the AI industry and startups with a focus on open source strategies for machine learning and deep learning. Various AI topics were covered, including technical presentations from EU startups, demonstrations of AI Marketplace, and discussions of LF AI projects.

The LF AI day was an opportunity to discuss the evolution of AI, the history of LF AI and innovative AI products from EU startups.

After the Orange Welcome of Claire Chauvin, François Jezequel presented the evolution towards Artificial General Intelligence AGI defined as the representation of generalized human cognitive abilities in AI software. He gave an example of research projects on neuroscience and knowledge representation and reasoning.

Anwar Aftab, from AT&T Labs, presented the new functionalities of the latest Acumos AI Release Demeter as a Portable AI platform and how AT&T is using AI for Network automation in Open RAN and NFV/ONAP.

Several European startups presented their innovative AI products starting with an advanced chatbot for conversational AI from Levia, AI empowering HR from Xtramile, neural search engine from Jina AI and visual automation from Ximilar.

The demonstration of the Orange AI Marketplace was also realized during this event as a European platform to accelerate the delivery of AI to the Enterprise market.

During this event, the French open source RosaeNLG (Natural Language Generation) project was introduced, as well as the research activity of Université de Paris for document co-clustering.

Missed the event? Check out the presentations here.

This event was held in a virtual format but we look forward to connecting again at another event in person soon. LF AI Day is a regional, one-day event hosted and organized by local members with support from LF AI, its members, and its projects. If you are interested in hosting an LF AI Day, please email info@lfai.foundation to discuss.

Event host, Orange, is a leading telecommunications company with headquarters in France. They are the largest telecoms operator in France, with the bulk of their operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

As an LF AI General Member, Orange is involved within the LF AI Governing Board, Outreach Committee, Trusted AI Committee and an active contributor to the LF AI Acumos project.

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Milvus v0.10.0 Release Now Available!

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Milvus, an LF AI Foundation Incubation-Stage Project, has released version 0.10.0. We’re excited to see another great release from this community!

In this new version, Milvus has made quite a few improvements and bug fixes:

Compatibility changes:

  • Updates the Milvus configuration file. #2510

Improvements:

  • Optimizes the index building performance when many small segments exist. #2373
  • FAISS is upgraded to 1.6.3. #2381
  • Optimizes dropping collection performance when too many partitions exist. #2394
  • Optimizes the implementation of k-selection algorithm for GPU-enabled Milvus. #2466

Fixed issues:

  • The search performance degrades on Milvus 0.9.1. #2429

The Milvus Project invites you to adopt or upgrade to version 0.10.0 in your application, and welcomes feedback. To learn more about the Milvus 0.10.0 release, check out the change log and full release notes. Want to get involved with Milvus? Be sure to join the Milvus-Announce and Milvus Technical-Discuss mailing lists to join the community and stay connected on the latest updates. 

Congratulations to the Milvus team! We look forward to continued growth and success as part of the LF AI Foundation. To learn about hosting an open source project with us, visit the LF AI Foundation website.

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Elastic Deep Learning 0.3.0 Release Now Available!

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Elastic Deep Learning (EDL), an LF AI Foundation Incubation-Stage Project, has released version 0.3.0. Congratulations to the EDL community for all their hard work in order to make this possible!

EDL is a framework with the ability to dynamically adjust the parallelism (number of training workers) for deep neural network training. It can support multi-tenant cluster management to balance job completion time and job waiting time, maximize the use of idle resources, and so on. This project contains the EDL framework and its applications such as distillation and NAS.

Major features of the EDL 0.3.0 release include:

  • Support elastic training with inference type services during training, such as knowledge distillation.
  • Inference type services are automatically registered through service discovery in EDL.
  • Knowledge distillation examples in computer vision and natural language processing.

Also, a new version will be released later that will automatically adjust teachers based on traffic.

The EDL Project invites you to adopt or upgrade to version 0.3.0, and welcomes feedback. To learn more about the EDL 0.3.0 release, check out the full release notes. Want to get involved with EDL? Be sure to join the EDL-Announce and EDL Technical-Discuss mailing lists to join the community and stay connected on the latest updates.

Congratulations to the EDL team! We look forward to continued growth and success as part of the LF AI Foundation. To learn about hosting an open source project with us, visit the LF AI Foundation website.

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Acumos Demeter Release Now Available!

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Acumos, an LF AI Foundation Graduated Project, has announced their fourth software release, codenamed Demeter. We’re thrilled to see another great release from the community!

This new version introduces a fully cloud-enabled platform which is quick and easy to deploy and features elastic performance based upon load, making it suitable for use by small teams or large companies. Demeter also introduces bidirectional communications on the federation link, allowing developers to securely receive information about model performance and provide users with automatic and timely updates.

Acumos is a platform and open source framework that makes it easy to build, share, and deploy AI apps. Acumos standardizes the infrastructure stack and components required to run an out-of-the-box general AI environment. This frees data scientists and model trainers to focus on their core competencies and accelerates innovation.

Major highlights of the Demeter release include:

Cloud Enablement:

  • Containerized platform deployment incorporating cloud native functions, horizontal scaling, and implementation flexibility.

On Boarding:

  • CLI message response with the Acumos Docker model.
  • Support for Pre-dockerized and Dockerized model URI with protobuf file to render models usable in Design studio.

Licensing:

  • Activity tracking and reporting – License usage manager (LUM) maintains logs of model usage.
  • Integration of License module with Portal UI.

Training:

  • Bidirectional communication over the federation link between subscriber and supplier instances to support ML life cycle management and continuous learning.

ML Workbench:

  • Predictor Manager
    • The Predictor Manager manages the model deployment, visualization of deployment metadata and association to a project.
  • Data source
    • The Data Source feature allows users to create and associate project data with a model to create, update, and delete data sets used for training, validation and testing.

To learn more about the Acumos Demeter release, check out the full release notes. Want to get involved with Acumos? Be sure to join the Acumos-Announce and Acumos Technical-Discuss mailing lists to join the community and stay connected on the latest updates. 

Congratulations to the Acumos team and we look forward to continued growth and success as part of the LF AI Foundation! To learn about hosting an open source project with us, visit the LF AI Foundation website.

Mazin Gilbert, VP of Technology and Innovation, AT&T, said: “AT&T is proud to be a founding member of the Acumos platform, which has radically improved over the past 2 years. As AI begins to play a central role in 5G, openness and industry collaboration are proving more valuable than ever. Acumos has brought together some of the brightest minds in the industry, and we’re consistently encouraged by the progress.”

Sachin Desai, LF AI Board Member and Ericsson VP of Global AI Accelerator, said: “In the Acumos Demeter release, Ericsson has contributed in areas such as bidirectional communications and enhanced licensing functionalities which enable continuous training, transfer learning and its commercialization. This new release will enable a broader range of applications and collaborations among Acumos ecosystem partners and support more complete life cycle management of AI in telecommunication. We are excited to continue providing Ericsson’s technology leadership related to AI/ML in telecommunication domain through our active engagement in the open source community.”

Jonne Soininen, Head of Open Source Initiatives at Nokia, said: “Acumos with the Demeter Release offers a complete experience for ML modelers and model consumers beyond the marketplace. As a founding member of the LF AI, Nokia is excited about the possibilities of Acumos in powering ML model marketplaces around network automation. We are always impressed with the great results of the Acumos community and the Demeter release is no different.” 

Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, SVP Orange Labs Networks and Group CTO, said: “The Demeter Release of Acumos is a new step towards a seamless way to produce and deploy AI models in various environments such as 5G and ONAP network automation: this will be eased thanks to the Cloud Enablement and Predictor Manager features. The addition of Data Source – a keystone of each AI project – is also a crucial feature for companies who want to manage all of their AI models in a centralized Marketplace catalogue (from the model training to the deployment). The development of the Demeter release during the unique situation the world is facing today is really impressive: it demonstrates the strength of open source communities combined with individual commitments of each contributor. To favor cross cooperation between communities and to meet its operational objectives, Orange is also active in the integration of this new release with ONAP in order to test 5G use cases.”

Sachin Saraf, SVP and VBU Head, CME Business, Tech Mahindra, said: “Tech Mahindra is excited to see Acumos AI reaching its fourth major milestone in a short span of two years with the release of Demeter. Seamless hosting of the Acumos AI platform has been energized by the Cloud Enablement feature. Predictor management, as well as the data source features of ML workbench, which allows users to manage and associate the models to the project and data. As part of our TechMNxt charter, the latest Acumos AI release fosters co-innovation and co-creation in the field of AI and ML and is a mainstay of our key focus areas. We will continue to work towards the enrichment of Acumos AI platform. Our enterprise grade solutions are anchoring a key role in accelerating the adoption of Linux Foundation Artificial Intelligence open source projects.”

Bingtao Han, Chief System Architecture Expert, ZTE, said: “Acumos Demeter release marks a significant milestone for Acumos development with enhanced support for bringing ML models into production, like much more flexible cloud enablement and deployment management of ML models. ZTE believes that Acumos has great potential to be a key enabler of network intelligence in 5G evolution. We’ll continue to support Acumos and embrace the opportunities in open source practices.”

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Join the LF AI Foundation at OSS+ELC NA 2020

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The LF AI Foundation is excited to announce our participation at the upcoming Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference North America 2020! The event will be held virtually, and registration is only $50 for four days of learning and collaboration. 

Below are all the different ways to interact with the LF AI Foundation at the conference. We hope to see you there!

Attend Sessions in the AI/ML/DL Track 

The LF AI Foundation will be hosting an AI/ML/DL Track at OSS NA. Join these sessions to learn the latest updates from our projects and hear from leaders in the AI industry. Register for OSS NA to attend.

Visit us at the LF AI Booth!

Come chat with us at our virtual booth at OSS NA, located in the Bronze Hall. Various LF AI community members will be around all week to answer any questions you have. You’ll also be able to get more information on how to get involved with the LF AI Foundation.

Attend the LF AI Mini Summit!

We invite you to join us for our LF AI Foundation Mini Summit where we will cover the latest updates from the Foundation, Technical Advisory Council, Trusted AI Committee, and more. We look forward to uncovering new collaboration opportunities among our growing community. 

Join us by registering to attend the Open Source Summit NA – Register Now

The LF AI Mini Summit is co-located with the Open Source Summit NA and will be held virtually on Thursday, July 2 at 10:00 – 11:30am Central Daylight Time (UTC -5). You will need to be registered for OSS NA to attend. OSS NA registration costs $50 USD, which includes access to the LF AI Mini Summit.

The LF AI Foundation mission is to build and support an open AI community, and drive open source innovation in the AI, ML, and DL domains by enabling collaboration and the creation of new opportunities for all the members of the community. 

Want to get involved with the LF AI Foundation? Be sure to subscribe to our mailing lists to join the community and stay connected on the latest updates. 

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Virtual LF AI Day EU – June 22, 2020

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Orange and the LF AI Foundation are pleased to announce the upcoming Virtual LF AI Day* EU – Europe 2020, to be held via Zoom on Monday, June 22. 

This event will feature keynote speakers from leading operators in the AI industry with a focus on open source strategies for machine learning and deep learning.

During this event, various AI topics will be covered, including technical presentations from startups, demonstrations of AI Marketplace and discussions of LF AI projects.

Registration is now open and the event is free to attend. Capacity will be 200 attendees. For up to date information on this virtual meetup, please visit the event website

Note: Due to the Novel Coronavirus situation (COVID-19), the event hosts have decided to make this a virtual-only event via Zoom in order to ensure the safety of our event participants and organizers. We look forward to connecting with you at a future event in person.

Event host, Orange, is a leading telecommunications company with headquarters in France. They are the largest telecoms operator in France, with the bulk of their operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

As an LF AI General Member, Orange is involved within the LF AI Governing Board, Outreach Committee, Trusted AI Committee and an active contributor to the LF AI Acumos project.

*LF AI Day is a regional, one-day event hosted and organized by local members with support from LF AI and its Projects. Learn more about the LF AI Foundation here.

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