SXSW Interactive 2016

Flip-Flops or Flats: Deep Learning for Commerce

As we move into a world where machines learn how we act and what we want, a technique known as deep learning is coming to the forefront. Deep learning involves complex layers of calculations that allow machines to understand what would normally be way beyond their capabilities, such as identifying items based on single images from various angles. In this session, eBay’s Hassan Sawaf, Senior Director of Human Language Technology, will demonstrate how to utilize natural language processing and visual object recognition to understand users’ intent, and how this technology can distinguish whether users are buying or selling a pair of flip-flops or a pair of flats, when simply typing "footwear".

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  • Hassan Sawaf, Senior Director, Human Language Technology, eBay, eBay


Allison Engles, Lead Mgr of Global Comms & Stakeholder Engagement, eBay

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