Highlights from the European Conference on Computer Vision 2018

This year’s ECCV 2018 conference experienced an unprecedented growth of community and brought to light the most recent advances in computer vision. As expected, all the sessions were dominated by Deep Learning with Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs).

For those who couldn’t join, I picked up a few interesting topics that caught my attention. Here is the list:

Autonomous Driving

Self-localization on-the-fly

One of the main topics at ECCV 2018 was autonomous driving. Can you compete against LIDAR? Can you detect and reconstruct cars as 3D objects from video? Check some ECCV’s challenges!

 

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The performance of Intel vs. Anaconda vs. vanilla Python – my personal benchmark

The Python programming is our daily bread. We develop frameworks, which are afterwards deployed on the customers’ infrastructures.  And in some cases, there is an emphasis on performance, such as in the recent case with a recommender engine, which should load an individual recommendation in less than 30 ms.  And then faster calculation might be helpful, especially since the use of a specific distribution requires no changes to the underlying python code

Two weeks ago, Martin found that an Intel distribution for Python exists, so I decided to have a look. Intel claims that this distribution is faster in every way, and shares its benchmark. So apart from conducting the intel benchmark only, I decided to test the distributions using my own benchmark to determine the performance on typical cases often performed in a Data Science pipeline.

Intel Distribution for Python

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Geolocated nearest neighbors in product campaign targeting

Current landscape of IoT (internet of things), low-cost GNSS (satellite navigation system) receivers, and omnipresent wireless networks produce large amounts of data containing geospatial information. This blogpost introduces the basics of the geolocated k-nearest neighbors (k-NN) model and its applications in product campaign targeting.

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Wanted: Machine learning expert for manufacturing projects

This year we started to work on advanced analytical projects in manufacturing. The boom of IoT sensors, never-ending pressure to increase yields and output quality, decreasing marginal effect of lean and Six Sigma activities and the big trend of analytics caused that we quickly ran out of our existing capacities. The projects are intriguing, data are large, we are fun to work with and the demand is enormous. Honestly, I don’t see any reason why not to join us!

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Machine fine-tuning, our first project in manufacturing

For the last few years everyone talks about the importance of advanced analytics for manufacturing as a next step after lean and Six Sigma programs and what great potential it can unleash. So when we were in front of our first project we were naturally very excited and curious what can be done. The outcome of the project exceeded our expectations both in terms of data modelling and more importantly business results for our client.

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