Data Science and Machine Learning

AIM01 Workshop: Cloud Scale Machine Learning (Hands-On)


8:30am - 5:30pm

Level: Intermediate

Cassie Breviu

Cloud Developer Advocate


Seth Juarez

Cloud Developer Advocate


This workshop is designed to get attendees up to speed on the rudiments of modern machine learning at cloud scale. Attendees can expect to learn the following:

  • An Overview of Machine Learning
  • Popular Machine Learning Frameworks
  • Azure Machine Learning service
  • Experimentation, Model Management, and Deployment
  • Hyperparameter optimization, automatic machine learning, and the machine learning pipeline

This one-day hands-on workshop will be divided into 4 distinct segments with a lecture and lab portion.

1. An Overview of Machine Learning

This section will introduce the foundational concepts of machine learning primarily focusing on techniques for supervised learning. This section will delve into practical approaches for creating local machine learning models using both scikit-learn and TensorFlow.

Hands on with scikit-learn and TensorFlow

This hands-on lab includes setting up a local development environment as well as two machine learning problems attendees will solve with scikit-learn and TensorFlow.

2. Understanding Azure Machine Learning service

This portion of the workshop will introduce attendees to the basics of Azure Machine Learning service. Concepts such as a workspace, compute environment, data stores, experiments, etc. will be introduced in preparation for a machine learning experiment in the cloud.

Your First Machine Learning Experiment in the Cloud

The goal of this lab is to create an Azure Machine Learning (AML) workspace and compute environment in order to run an experiment in the cloud. Attendees will essentially be lift-and-shifting Hour 2 code and running it in the cloud.

3. Advanced Experimentation Techniques in Azure Machine Learning service

This section of the workshop will delve into three advanced techniques available for experimentation in Azure Machine Learning service: hyperparameter tuning, automatic machine learning, and pipelines. The first two features are designed to create agility in the data science process by automating several repetitive tasks associated with starting a new project. The last feature (pipelines) is designed to simplify complex multi-step machine learning scenarios by discretizing disparate steps without having to sacrifice speed and efficiency.

Hands-on Advanced Experimentation in Azure Machine Learning service

The lab portion will contain exercises designed to help attendees better understand automatic hyperparameter tuning, automatic machine learning, and Azure Machine Learning pipelines.

4. The Intersection of Data Science and DevOps

This section will introduce attendees to 3 features in Azure Machine Learning service designed to manage the artifacts associated with machine learning: model, image, and service management. Attendees will also learn what to do when things change. What should happen when data has changed and machine learning models no longer work? What if there’s a better machine learning model for the problem?

Automating your Machine Learning Pipeline in the Cloud

The goal of this hands-on lab is to promote machine learning models created during the workshop all the way to production.

Attendee Requirements:

You must provide your own laptop computer for this hands-on lab workshop.