Thiago de Faria
Head of Solutions Engineering

Thiago de Faria is the Head of Solutions Engineering at LINKIT, a knowledge-driven organization with IT experts supporting partners with a clear path toward pain mitigation and solving business problems.
Passionate about data, software engineering, ML, AI and the people behind it, he’s helped many companies and given many talks and workshops at conferences. Sometimes on stage, sometimes coding and sometimes in meetings, Thiago loves to learn and try new things… he also likes to crack bad jokes that sounded better on his mind.
He is an active part of the community (devops Amsterdam, AI.Amsterdam, ITNEXT & Codemotion), married to someone smarter than him, open-source enthusiast, knowledge-sharer and a proud father.
Thiago wakes up every day with one goal: develop happy high-performing teams to decrease time-to-market and build production-ready applications, always!

AI with a DevOps mindset – experimentation, sharing and easy deployment of ML components

In this talk, I’ll look at ML & AI from a devops engineer perspective, emphasizing how they can help and shorten time-to-market of such products. Although it may be new, paradigms familiar to the devops world can be translated to the ML world: reduced batch sizes, CI/CD, sharing, observability, …

Experienced engineers hear about Machine Learning and AI all the time now. They may even work in a place that has a Data Team building a prototype ML model that needs to be deployed in production ASAP – and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
When do we build an ML component? When we need to find patterns without explicitly programming machines to do so. Despite not being easy to test and Data Scientists not usually having a software engineering background, ML components can drink from the same source of the devops movement.
This talk will introduce and give support to:

  • Avoid the AI hype train
  • CI/CD for ML? Yes, please, but we need to talk about Continuous Evaluation!
  • The ML bugs – no you cannot catch them with console.log()
  • Create a safe environment for Data Scientists
  • Packaging, deploying and serving ML models

By the end of this talk, engineers will understand more ML lifecycles, the AI hype and feel more comfortable to support these types of applications.