Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:30:00 PM Cerner Innovation Campus 8779 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138, Kansas City, MO


In the age of quantum computing, computer chip implants and artificial intelligence, it's easy to feel left behind. For example, the term "machine learning" is increasingly bandied about in corporate settings and cocktail parties, but what is it, really?

In this session, James Weaver will give a gentle introduction to machine learning topics such as supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, and deep learning. He'll also give you an overview of what you can achieve with machine learning, as well as an intuition on the maths behind it.

The presenter is very aware that some material on machine learning can be maths-intensive, and off-putting if you are not confident with your calculus. Conversely, some material doesn't go into enough detail so you don't get a feel for how things actually work. This session will start right at the beginning with the basics, and build up in an approachable way to some of the most interesting techniques so you can get the most out of your machine learning adventure.


James Weaver (@JavaFXpert) : James Weaver is a Java developer, author, and speaker with a passion for helping Java to be increasingly leveraged in rich-client and and cloud-native applications.  James has written books including Inside Java, Beginning J2EE, the Pro JavaFX series, and Java with Raspberry Pi.  As an Advocate and Principal Technologist, James speaks internationally at software technology conferences about Java and Cloud Native development.  


• 5:30 - 6:30pm - Social Hour with food provided by Cerner
• 6:30pm - Presentation

Location Details 

Cerner's NEW Innovation Campus

8779 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138 (map

Directions from North of the Grandview Triangle

• Take I-435 South

• Take exit 69 for 87th Street - turn Left onto 87th Street (traffic circle)

• Continue east on 87th Street to Hillcrest Road

• Turn Right onto Hillcrest Road

• Follow Hillcrest Road to the security gate

Directions from South of the Grandview Triangle (including from the south loop of I-435)

• Take I-435 North

• Take exit 69 for 87th Street - turn Right onto 87th Street

• Continue east on 87th Street to Hillcrest Road

• Turn Right onto Hillcrest Road

• Follow Hillcrest Road to the security gate

Google Maps link:

Location Information

Security & Parking
When you reach the security gate, you will need to be in the leftmost lane in order to have security check your name and let you through the gate. Tell the security officer that you are attending the Kansas City Java User Group on campus. They will verify your name and should direct you to parking. If they do not direct you to parking, you may ask, or use the map above as a reference. Guests may park in any spot in the designated lot that is not specifically reserved. Handicap parking is also available in this lot.

Entering the Building
The building requires badge access to enter. There will be a few Cerner associates at the entrance marked on the map with a yellow circle to badge people in and help direct you to the Event Center in the Link building. If you find yourself at a different entrance, a sign should be posted with directions on how to get to the entrance marked on the map.

Innovations Campus Ettiquette
As this is a place of business, typical business ettiquette is expected. Beyond the typical ettiquette, it is important to note the security of the campus. Badge access is required to exit all doored stairwells, except for building exits. Elevators also require badge access after hours. Unfortunately, there is no campus tour scheduled as part of the meetup. Visitors wandering the building without a Cerner associate escorting them may be asked to leave or escorted off campus by security.

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