Matt Eland

Government, Social Sector & Education

.NET Software Quality Software Management Software Architecture Angular Project Management JavaScript TypeScript REST Azure Software Development C# F# Vue.js SQL Data Science Machine Learning Python Teaching Teaching Code Jupyter Notebook

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Matt Eland

Instructor at Tech Elevator

After several decades as a software engineer and engineering manager, Matt now serves as a software engineering instructor at Tech Elevator where he gets to raise up future developers and unleash them upon the world to build awesome things.

Matt is an Azure Data Scientist Associate, a current organizer for the Central Ohio .NET Developer Group, runs a data science blog and YouTube channel, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in data analytics.

In his copious amounts of spare time, Matt continues to build nerdy things and looks for ways to share them with the community.

Current sessions

Automating Machine Learning with Python and Azure

In this session we'll explore Azure Machine Learning Studio and how it can help novices, journeymen, and experts on their machine learning journey.

Specifically we'll explore AutomatedML and machine learning without deep data science knowledge, the machine learning designer for intermediate users, and the Python SDK for those who prefer to code in Python but take advantage of Azure's cloud offerings.

We'll explore data and compute management as well as integration with other aspects of Azure such as databricks and synapse analytics and close with a discussion of Azure Cognitive Services for those interested in consuming pre-built machine learning models.

By the time we're done, you'll see how Azure is a frighteningly powerful platform for all flavors of data scientists - including those without a deep data science background.


Beginning Machine Learning in C# with ML.NET AutoML

Did you know you can train and use machine learning inside of your .NET applications without needing detailed knowledge of machine learning algorithms? In this talk we'll explore the ML.NET AutoML API capabilities and how accessible machine learning in C# really is as we write C# code to solve machine learning problems.

We'll focus heavily on the automatic algorithm selection features of AutoML in ML.NET and talk about the various tasks it can achieve before drilling deeper to apply AutoML to solve a multi-class classification problem. We'll train a machine learning model and have it predict video game ESRB ratings for a few hypothetical games provided by the audience, then host this new model in a .NET 6 minimal Web API project in ASP .NET Core.

We'll also explore evaluating model performance, ideal training times, and how trained models can be saved and loaded for use in production applications, as well as some places you can go to learn more about ML.NET and machine learning in general.

NOTE: This is different than the AutoML CLI or Model Builder. Our core focus is on C# code for Machine Learning using the AutoML as baby steps into Machine Learning

This talk is a mixture of slides and code.

This talk can be performed in person without an internet connection


Stand Back; I'm going to try Data Science!

Curious about data science and its relation to software engineering? Want to know how to dabble in artificial intelligence or machine learning side projects before taking the plunge? Come check out this session.

In this session I'll highlight my own journey in layering data science skills on top of a software engineering background. I'll teach you the terms, roles, languages, libraries, and technologies you'll encounter and help you understand what aspects of math and programming are helpful in setting down this journey.

You'll discover easy ways to get started with Python, R, and get connected to the data science community. I'll show you how to discover public datasets and visualizations to help inspire your own journey. By the time the session is finished, you'll know how to find out if data science is a good fit for you and how to take it to the next level if you discover you like it.


Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? Let's ask Azure!

When it comes to popular Christmas movies there's a recurring debate as to whether or not that list of movies should include the 1988 film Die Hard. Thankfully, machine learning has been applied to this problem and we have an answer.

We'll start off by using Python, Pandas, and Jupyter Notebooks to analyze and clean movie data and then prepare it for model training while avoiding factors that might introduce bias.

After that we'll explore using the beginner-friendly features of Azure Machine Learning Studio's Automated ML to train and evaluate a classification model.

Finally, we'll deploy the trained model to Azure as a web service and see what it has to say about Die Hard.

By the time we're done you'll know the truth about Die Hard and have a deeper understanding of machine learning experiments and some common beginner-friendly tools involved in machine learning.


Automating my Dog with Azure Cognitive Services

Like many terrier owners, I have a problem. My dog is overworked from the constant need to monitor multiple streets to bark at squirrels or passers by. I'd like to free up more of his time and energy for snuggling and play but the outdoors must still be monitored. Thankfully, it turns out that much of what my dog does, Azure Cognitive Services can help with.

In this talk we'll use this absurd premise to explore progressively enhancing applications through the Azure Cognitive Services speech, vision, and text APIs. We'll look at object detection, facial APIs, text to speech, speech to text, and language understanding.

By the end of this session you'll have more of an understanding of what Azure Cognitive Services can do and the basics of how to interact with them from code so that you, like my dog, can take advantage of pre-trained machine learning models to enhance devote more of your energy to other areas.

This will require an internet connection


Empowering your Data Science Experiments with Azure Machine Learning

Azure Machine Learning Studio has something for all experience levels of data scientist. In this talk we'll explore what Azure Machine Learning Studio is and how it can help novice, intermediate, and advanced data scientists empower their data science experiments.

We'll start by exploring Automated ML and how it helps data scientists focus on the task they're trying to accomplish while Azure discovers the optimal algorithms and hyperparameters for their experiments - without requiring any code on their part.

Next, we'll explore the Machine Learning Studio designer and how it supports more advanced no-code or low-code approaches to build repeatable machine learning pipelines.

After that we'll discuss the Azure ML Python SDK and how it allows advanced users to customize their experiments, use their own compute resources, and fine-tune and automate the tasks they're trying to accomplish.

By the end of this talk you'll see how Azure Machine Learning Studio reduces barriers to entry and propels experiments further by helping novice, intermediate, and advanced data scientists train, evaluate, manage, and deploy their machine learning models and related datasets.


Past and future events

TechBash 2022

8 Nov 2022 - 11 Nov 2022
Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, United States

Momentum 2022

20 Oct 2022
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Indy.Code()

Automating Machine Learning with Python and Azure
Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? Let's ask Azure!
19 Oct 2022
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Azure Back to School 2022

1 Sep 2022 - 30 Sep 2022

PyOhio 2022

Introducing Automated Machine Learning with Python and Azure
30 Jul 2022
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Central Ohio .NET Developers Group (CONDG)

Automating my Dog with Azure Cognitive Services
28 Jul 2022
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Franklin University 2nd Annual Doctoral Student Association Conference

Empowering Machine Learning with Azure Machine Learning Studio
25 Jun 2022
Columbus, Ohio, United States

MemPy

Automating Machine Learning with Python and Azure
20 Jun 2022
Memphis, Tennessee, United States

SciFiDevConMayTheFourthEvent

1 May 2022 - 31 May 2022

Stir Trek 2022

6 May 2022
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Central Ohio .NET Developer Group

Using ML.NET to Predict Video Game ESRB Ratings with C#
24 Mar 2022
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Cincinnati Machine Learning Meetup

Using ML.NET to Predict Video Game ESRB Ratings with C#
17 Mar 2022
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Technology and Friends Podcast

Spoke on how humans learn and how that relates to programming and some aspects of machine learning
25 Feb 2022

Global App Dev User Group

Stand Back; I'm going to try Data Science!
21 Feb 2022
Columbus, Ohio, United States

CodeMash 2022

11 Jan 2022 - 14 Jan 2022
Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Festive Tech Calendar 2021

1 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

Central Ohio Azure

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? Let's ask Azure!
13 Dec 2021
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Cincinnati Software Craftsmanship

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? Let's ask Azure!
1 Dec 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Columbus App Dev User Group

Introduction to Application Architecture and Scalability
25 Oct 2021
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Momentum 2021

15 Oct 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Stir Trek 2021 Virtual Edition

7 May 2021

GLUGNet

Expanding your .NET Testing Toolbox
15 Apr 2021
Lansing, Michigan, United States

Cincinnati Software Craftsmanship

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability
7 Apr 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

LOPSA

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability
25 Mar 2021
Columbus, Ohio, United States

GLUGNet

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability
18 Mar 2021
Lansing, Michigan, United States

JavaScript and Friends

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability
9 Mar 2021
Columbus, Ohio, United States

CinJuG

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability
17 Feb 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Tea & Tech with Michael

Casual talk about software development, bootcamps, getting into coding, side projects, etc.
11 Feb 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Women Who Code Philly

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability
9 Feb 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Momentum 2020

16 Oct 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Momentum Conf Interview

Discussing Functional Programming in C#
15 Oct 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

SciFiDevCon

29 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020

Stir Trek 2020

1 May 2020
Columbus, Ohio, United States

DotNet Open Source Days

Stand Back; I'm Going to Try Scientist!
17 Apr 2020
Columbus, Ohio, United States

CodeMash 2020

6 Jan 2020 - 10 Jan 2020
Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Central Ohio .NET Developer Group

Expanding Your .NET Testing Toolbox
22 Aug 2019
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Columbus App Dev User Group

Accelerating Angular Application Development
8 Jul 2018
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Central Ohio Windows Phone User Group (COWPUG)

Prototyping and Building Windows Phone Applications
21 Nov 2011
Columbus, Ohio, United States