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Matt Eland

Matt Eland

Instructor at Tech Elevator

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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 and AI Engineer Associate, runs a data science blog and YouTube channel, is currently pursuing a master's degree in data analytics, and helps organize the Central Ohio .NET Developer Group.

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

Awards

  • Most Active Speaker 2022

Area of Expertise

  • Government, Social Sector & Education

Topics

  • Data Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Azure Machine Learning
  • ML .NET
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Microsoft Bot Framework
  • Conversational AI
  • C#
  • F#
  • Vue.js
  • SQL
  • Python
  • Teaching
  • .NET
  • Soft Skills

Technical debt must die - Communicating code to business stakeholders

Our software sucks. We're up to our necks in bugs and technical debt, yet we often seem to hit roadblocks explaining things in ways that bring about meaningful change. In this session you'll learn to gather, analyze, and interpret data in order to create effective presentations to communicate quality, technical debt, and other technical matters in ways that tell a compelling story. You’ll master how to communicate effectively with key stakeholders by taking a data-driven approach blended with storytelling techniques to bridge common gaps between development and business stakeholders. You’ll explore the 7 tools of software quality and how they can bring clarity and sanity to the decision-making process, justify paying down technical debt, and focusing on improving our software in the areas that need it most.

This talk was tremendously well-received at CodeMash 2020: https://twitter.com/i/events/1215455799952257025 and did well at CouchCon Live. The CodeMash recording is available at Pluralsight at https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/codemash-session-25/table-of-contents

Using Genetic Algorithms to Breed Killer Squirrels

Can a computer program truly surprise its creator?

In this highly unusual session, you'll get a high-level introduction to genetic algorithms as we look at a simple scenario involving training a virtual squirrel to find an acorn and return to its tree in a 2D world without being eaten by the neighborhood dog.

Not exactly a common business problem, but this code-free overview lets us explore the basics of genetic algorithms, representing potential solutions as genes, evolving solutions over time, the role of crossover and mutation, and the importance of a well-thought-out fitness function.

All of this will be done to see if a computer can evolve a gene capable of solving a specific problem (spoilers: it can), and see if a computer can find solutions its programmer didn't even think were possible.

This is an interesting combination of a talk on what genetic algorithms are as well as a discussion of the role of side projects. It is intended for a shorter time slot, but a longer abstract could be made for a more in-depth talk covering more technical details.

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability

Software is a lot more complicated than it used to be. Twenty years ago most applications lived on individual machines as executables. Today modern applications run in a combination of environments including web applications, mobile apps, APIs, and databases.

In this talk we'll take a look at the various components that comprise modern web applications, explore performance and scalability, and give a general overview of advanced architectural concepts like caching, database partitioning, NoSQL, microservices, and containerization.

By the end of this talk you should have a greater high-level understanding of modern architectural concepts and how the pieces fit together, as well as more knowledge on where and when these approaches are appropriate to use.

Presented at a variety of user groups and aimed at the introductory level, but touching on more advanced concepts.

AI for Everyone?

Artificial intelligence has been promising to revolutionize the world since before the personal computer even existed. And yet, the past few years we've seen a number of "sea change" events in terms of artificial intelligence and machine learning. From self-driving cars to GPT-3 transformers, DALL-E, and GitHub Copilot, AI is starting to cause real and sudden changes in the world around us.

But is this AI future we find ourselves in really for everyone? Is it possible for us to innovate new technologies and not leave entire groups of people in the dust? Bias and fairness around racial, gender, and age groups are a very real concern in machine learning systems. Additionally, we're starting to see the beginnings of AI negatively impacting established industries. Beyond that, there are some very real concerns about privacy and data ownership.

And what of the learning curve for getting into AI? Can artificial intelligence and machine learning truly be for everyone and truly serve everyone?

This is a non-technical talk focusing on ethical issues in AI and recent AI trends. We'll talk about Fairlearn, Responsible AI, and others for overcoming some of these biases, as well as the responsibility of data scientists and ML engineers. We'll also touch on some of the more accessible ways of getting started with AI for those interested, including Azure Cognitive Services and Azure Machine Learning.

🎵 Do you want to build a chatbot?🎵

Conversational AI has come a long way in the last century, from the simple Eliza of the 60's to our modern conversational assistants in our homes and smartphones.

Let's dissect how these systems work, the technologies you can use to create them, and how to effectively design, develop, test, and deliver chatbots in an agile manner that help real users accomplish real tasks without being real annoying.

We'll explore chatbots in general, survey some technologies involved, and then dive deeper into a specific implementation on Azure using Azure Bot service, Bot Framework Composer, and Bot Framework Emulator. The Microsoft Bot SDK will also be mentioned.

Ok, bye!

Naughty or Nice? Teaching an AI to lie at games

When the pandemic lockdown created some serious obstacles to finding people to play my favorite social deduction card game with, I did what any sensible software engineer would do: I created my own opponents.

In this session we'll explore the various factors that go into designing an artificial intelligence opponent for a game of any type, and explore the potential strategies and concerns in a hidden roles / hidden information social deduction game where bluffing and lying are part of the core game mechanics.

We'll explore building a probabilistic model of the game board in Bezier Games' One Night Ultimate Werewolf, the idea of deduction and deception in an uncertain world, and training techniques to help artificial intelligence find optimal playing strategies and see if AI can innovate new ways of surprising and deceiving their opponents - including humans.

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.

Why so serious? Making object-oriented games using C# and Unity

TBD, covers component-based thinking with C# scripts, prototyping with primitives and asset store assets, handling player input, handling collisions, and managing health.

This abstract available to be fleshed out at the request of an interested party. It has not been submitted to a conference or user group, but I know I can give this talk.

AI for Fun: Understanding game AI

TBD upon request. Covers behavior trees, min / max trees, goal oriented action planning, pathfinding, and finite state machines.

This is not a talk I've submitted anywhere, but one I'm interested in giving. I may expand the abstract and submit it somewhere, but if you're looking at my profile and this talk interests you and you'd like me to present it, let me know and I can expand the abstract and send it your way.

Ohio Linux Fest

AI for Everyone?

December 2022 Columbus, Ohio, United States

GPSec Tech Summit

Attracting, Retaining, and Developing Talent Panel

November 2022 Columbus, Ohio, United States

TechBash 2022

November 2022 Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, United States

Momentum 2022

October 2022 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Indy.Code()

Automating Machine Learning with Python and Azure
Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? Let's ask Azure!

October 2022 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Cleveland Azure

Empowering your Data Science Experiments with Azure ML

October 2022 Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Chat with Hackers Podcast

Discussing getting into Data Science and Software Development along with Azure Machine Learning

October 2022

Azure Back to School 2022

September 2022

Central Ohio .NET Developers Group (CONDG)

Automating my Dog with Azure Cognitive Services

August 2022 Columbus, Ohio, United States

PyOhio 2022

Introducing Automated Machine Learning with Python and Azure

July 2022 Columbus, Ohio, United States

Franklin University 2nd Annual Doctoral Student Association Conference

Empowering Machine Learning with Azure Machine Learning Studio

June 2022 Columbus, Ohio, United States

MemPy

Automating Machine Learning with Python and Azure

June 2022 Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Stir Trek 2022

May 2022 Columbus, Ohio, United States

Central Ohio .NET Developer Group

Using ML.NET to Predict Video Game ESRB Ratings with C#

March 2022 Columbus, Ohio, United States

Cincinnati Machine Learning Meetup

Using ML.NET to Predict Video Game ESRB Ratings with C#

March 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

February 2022

Global App Dev User Group

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

February 2022 Columbus, Ohio, United States

CodeMash 2022

January 2022 Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Central Ohio Azure

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

December 2021 Columbus, Ohio, United States

Cincinnati Software Craftsmanship

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

December 2021 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Columbus App Dev User Group

Introduction to Application Architecture and Scalability

October 2021 Columbus, Ohio, United States

Momentum 2021

October 2021 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

GLUGNet

Expanding your .NET Testing Toolbox

April 2021 Lansing, Michigan, United States

Cincinnati Software Craftsmanship

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability

April 2021 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

LOPSA

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability

March 2021 Columbus, Ohio, United States

GLUGNet

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability

March 2021 Lansing, Michigan, United States

JavaScript and Friends

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability

March 2021 Columbus, Ohio, United States

CinJuG

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability

February 2021 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Tea & Tech with Michael

Casual talk about software development, bootcamps, getting into coding, side projects, etc.

February 2021 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Women Who Code Philly

Intro to Application Architecture and Scalability

February 2021 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Momentum 2020

October 2020 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Momentum Conf Interview

Discussing Functional Programming in C#

October 2020 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

SciFiDevCon

July 2020

Stir Trek 2020

May 2020 Columbus, Ohio, United States

DotNet Open Source Days

Stand Back; I'm Going to Try Scientist!

April 2020 Columbus, Ohio, United States

CodeMash 2020

January 2020 Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Central Ohio .NET Developer Group

Expanding Your .NET Testing Toolbox

August 2019 Columbus, Ohio, United States

Columbus App Dev User Group

Accelerating Angular Application Development

July 2018 Columbus, Ohio, United States

Central Ohio Windows Phone User Group (COWPUG)

Prototyping and Building Windows Phone Applications

November 2011 Columbus, Ohio, United States

Matt Eland

Instructor at Tech Elevator

Columbus, Ohio, United States