Deep learning has become the key machine learning tool in various AI application areas such as computer vision, natural language processing, and speech recognition. Systems powered by deep learning are already in everyday use, such as in image and voice recognition software on smartphones, recommendation systems on eCommerce websites, and language translation software. Even more exciting deep-learning-powered systems like self-driving cars are just around the corner.

The event commenced with a welcome and introduction about the speaker, Dr. Sadeep Jayasumana, given by the Staff Advisor of the IEEE SPS Student Branch Chapter of University of Moratuwa. An introduction to deep learning was given by the speaker, with implementation examples related to computer vision. Recent advances in convolutional neural networks, transformer networks, language models, deep reinforcement learning and generative adversarial networks (GANs) were also briefly discussed in this session. Finally, tips on how to get started in this field were discussed towards the end of the session. The event consisted of a half an hour Q&A session, where the audience was given a valuable opportunity to ask questions and clarify subject matters presented by the speaker. The event concluded with the Vote of Thanks by the Secretary of the society.

About the speaker

Dr. Sadeep Jayasumana

Google Research, New York, USA


Dr. Sadeep Jayasumana is a Senior Research Scientist at Google Research, New York. His research interests are in the areas of computer vision, deep learning and machine learning in general. Before joining Google, he has held research positions at Five AI, a UK-based self-driving car startup and Man AHL, a London-based quantitative hedge fund. During his time in academia, he completed a Postdoc at the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. at the Australian National University – both in computer vision. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa.