Courses & Talks

The majority of our courses are held on Wednesdays from 6pm-7:30pm but please look at the eventbrite page to confirm the time. Some courses may be longer/shorter, or earlier in the day.


– April – 


Imitation Learning – Reinforcement Learning for the Real World

Date: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 @ 6PM ET

Presented by: Byron Galbraith, Co-founder & Chief Data Scientist, Talla

About:Reinforcement Learning has seen an explosion of work in the last few years with some high profile results from DeepMind with AlphaZero. Most of the success has been demonstrated on games – either two-player fully observable environments like Chess and Go, or classic Atari video games like Breakout and Pitfall that can be efficiently simulated at large scales. Yet, for all the hyped up results, there has been little translation to the real world yet.

Imitation Learning is a related approach to RL, but instead of having the AI agent learn from scratch through its own exploration, Imitation Learning is about learning decision policies from expert demonstrations. This talk will introduce the formal Imitation Learning problem, methods that are used to train agents under this paradigm, and examples of how this can be used to solve real world problems. Register Here.

– MAY –

Best Practices for rolling out AI-Powered Tools

Date: May 1st, 2019 @ 6pm ET

Presented by: Lauren Mecca, Director of Customer Success, Talla

Lauren currently leads Customer Success at Talla. She comes from a background of working with customers in startups serving a wide range of industries, from the arts to agencies to real estate. She is obsessed with making progress and enthusiastic about people (and Radical Candor™). As a Customer Success leader she is always trying to answer tough questions that will improve the value Talla delivers to customers.

Talla provides AI-powered automation for knowledge management tasks and a lot of our customers are Customer Support teams. With customer-facing teams as our client base, it’s especially important that on-boarding, self-help, and support are well thought out. And each element of the customer experience may look a little different when you’re dealing with an AI-powered tool.

So whether you’re already working for an AI company or interested in working in AI someday, join us on May 1st for a presentation and discussion with colleagues in Customer Success. Register Here.


Agent-Based Modeling – Understanding Complex Systems through Simulation

Date: May 15th, 2019 @ 6pm ET

Presented by: Jon Klein, Chief Architect, Talla

About: Agent-based modeling is a computational technique for exploring complex systems through the simulation of interactions between autonomous agents.  These techniques can be used to explore systems of complex behaviors in biology, social sciences and economics among other fields.  By altering environmental conditions and agent behaviors, we can explore how those changes affect the system as a whole and observe how “emergent behaviors” can arise in complex systems.

This talk will explore agent-based modeling and its applications.  We’ll look at some specific examples using the NetLogo modeling environment and attendees will learn how they build their own agent based models. Register Here.