Students make AI-based model at the workshop
The Bhawanipur Education Society College hosted an interactive digital webinar on Coding and Artificial Intelligence on September 10. More than 35 participants joined the two-hour event, learnt the theoretical basics of coding, artificial intelligence, and machine learning and tried their hand at coded programs.
The session was conducted by Vishal Patil, senior STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) educator, Makebot.
Takeaways from the session:
· Artificial intelligence (AI) is a concept, not a language. You use the language to create an application based on the concept of AI. Look around and you will find computer applications are also AI-based, not just robots. Sofia was the first AI-powered humanoid.
· With AI comes machine learning. If you watch a YouTube video, the next day you get similar recommendations. So, the machine is learning from user data. Machine learning will think and find a solution without human intervention. Google Maps is an example. You enter the starting point and destination and a route is provided. But I take a left turn instead of a right turn. The map will provide you another path through the left turn. The machine is thinking, understanding and providing a route.
· Machine Learning will help you understand data. For example, whether the data is an image, video, or integers. Machine learning is a technique to input data and predict the outcome. AI helps in creating the model to predict the outcome.
· Five basic steps are involved in machine learning and creating a model. The first step is collecting data, followed by preparing the data. This involves segregating the data depending on its type. The third step is to create the training model. This involves choosing appropriate algorithms and representing of data in the form of a model. The fourth step is the evaluation of the model and finally improving the performance.
After a theoretical explanation of how machine learning and AI work, the participants were given a step-by-step practical demonstration of creating their own model. Titled the Gift Recommendation Model, the program was to suggest gifts to the user, depending on parameters such as age, gender, and personality. The students were asked to pre-download a database and programming language to construct the model along with the instructor.