Virtual Meetup: Introduction to Modern NLP with Hugging Face and CORD-19

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When:  May 12, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PT)
Our virtual meetups bring you great data science and AI content while also providing you with the opportunity to meet other members of the community and make new connections.


  • 10:45am: Doors open
  • 11:05am: Welcome, announcements
  • 11:15am: Main talk
  • 12:00pm: Stick around for socializing
  • 12:30pm: Doors close

Introduction to Modern NLP with Hugging Face and CORD-19
In this session, attendees will be introduced to transformers, a modeling architecture that is changing the Natural Language Processing (NLP) field. The hands-on demonstration will provide some examples of the NLP tasks that transformers can perform, how tools like Huggingface's transformer library can help developers and data scientists perform these tasks quickly, and provide an example of one such task utilizing the AI2's new CORD-19 dataset.

You will need to have a Google account set up on your computer to use during this session.

Nick Acosta, AI Developer Advocate @ IBM
Before becoming an AI Advocate at IBM, Nick studied Computer Science at Purdue University and the University of Southern California and was an HPC Consultant for Hewlett-Packard in Grenoble, France. He now specializes in machine learning and utilizes it to understand machine learning developers of various communities, startups, and enterprises in order to help them succeed on IBM's data science platform and in open source.