Last week, we attended the Cambridge Python User Group Meetup at the Raspberry Pi offices on Hills Road in Cambridge. The Python meetup is a great place for people of all levels of Python knowledge to come together to learn more about the programming language and meet other like-minded people. The sessions are usually arranged on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.00pm. This month, I led a workshop for the 70 attendees titled ‘Taming the Deep Learning Beast: Hands on with PyTorch’. In the session, attendees built and trained an image classifier using the deep learning framework PyTorch.
We used PyTorch as it a great tool which combines the power of the most advanced deep learning frameworks with an intuitive, pythonic API that makes writing machine learning code a pleasure and not a pain. It was really rewarding to give this workshop to a room full of eager participants who, I hope, enjoyed the session. By using Google Colab, every participant was able to train their models on a GPU without any hassle of installing the appropriate libraries. All I had to do was share a URL! We had lots of great questions both during and after the presentation.
What did I learn?