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Torben Brodt
Works at plista GmbH
Attended RheinMain University
Lives in Berlin, Germany
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Director of Data Engineering
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Team Leading, Software Development, Machine Learning
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  • plista GmbH
    Director of Data Engineering, 2015 - present
    I am leading the teams including data science, data analysts, core developers, system architects and devops. We are responsible for the recommendation technology and to scale the system worldwide to real time.
  • plista GmbH
    Head of Data Engineering, 2012 - 2015
    I am the teamlead for ~15 engineers including mathematics, data analysts, core developers, system architects and devops. My team is responsible for the recommendation technology and to scale the system to real time.
  • easy-coding.de
    Owner, 2003 - 2014
    I founded the platform easy-coding, which has forum, wiki and some community-driven developments. I developed many open source components, one of them is a search framework on Apache Solr, Lucene and Nutch. In top days the forum has 5k uniques/day.
  • plista GmbH
    Software Engineer, 2008 - 2012
    I was responsible for the recommendation technology and to scale the system to real time.
  • Mikroplan GmbH
    Software Engineer, 2003 - 2004
    I was responsible for inhouse cms development, network setup and hardware assembly.
  • 5mm GmbH
    Software Engineer, 2008 - 2008
    I built the recommendation technology for plista.
  • Touratech AG
    Freelance Software Engineer, 2005 - 2008
    I built a gps and satellite tracking gateway for geospatial data which handles millions of datapoints.
  • TBR Solutions
    Owner, 2003 - 2008
    I created a doorway-tool which generated pseudo-websites with pseudo contents for a given keyword. Aim was not to being detected by fraud tools. Successful sites had >10k visitors a day.
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Berlin, Germany
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Wiesbaden, Germany - Nidderau, Germany
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I am the Director of Data Engineering at plista - a recommendation and advertising platform, founded in Berlin, Germany.

  • Team leading is an inspiration to me. I love my team and all the wonderful things we are able to achieve.

  • Technologies about big data, machine learning and real time bidding are my passion .

  • Coding was my job for so many years. Now I still have some hobby projects or enjoy working together with my team. I like clean code!

  • Scalability means reality ;) Let's go for ideas working on a bigger scope.

  • Conferences are places where I meet so many smart people. I am also workshop organizer and speaker for beginners and professionals.

  • Research is so important in that field thats why we cooperate with academic researchers.

  • Open has a big meaning for me. I love open source and my current research shifts into Open Value Creation.

  • plista is a great company to work for. We are hiring ;)

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Education
  • RheinMain University
    Informatik, 2005 - 2008
    Specialized in C++ and Webapplications with PHP.
  • Karl Rehbein Schule Hanau
    Gymnasium, 1996 - 2005
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Here's Elon Musk's new company, OpenAI ;

"OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company. Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return."

https://openai.com/blog/introducing-openai/


OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence group.
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Loading data in Torch (is a mess) 2015-01-19 Torch is a GPU accelerated deep learning framework. It had been rather obscure until recent publicity …
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Principal Component Analysis is a quite simple yet useful little technique. Unfortunately, I often talk to people who still treat it like a black box -- It doesn't have to be this way :)

http://sebastianraschka.com/Articles/2015_pca_in_3_steps.html
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We just posted the NIPS 2014 Deep Learning workshop papers online. Check them out!  http://www.dlworkshop.org/accepted-papers 
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In December, Google engineers trained a machine-learning algorithm to write picture captions using the same techniques it developed for language translation.
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Remarkable levels of detail on Netflix's personalization and recommendations disclosed in this recent post on their tech blog.
As we've described in our previous blog posts, at Netflix we use personalization extensively and treat every situation as an opportunity to present the right content to each of our over 57 million members. The main way a member interacts with our recommendations is via the homepage, ...
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Facebook open sources tools for bigger, faster deep learning models — Tech News and Analysis

'Facebook on Friday open sourced a handful of software libraries that it claims will help users build bigger, faster deep learning models than existing tools allow.

The libraries, which Facebook is calling modules, are alternatives for the default ones in a popular machine learning development environment called Torch, and are optimized to run on Nvidia graphics processing units. Among the modules are those designed to rapidly speed up training for large computer vision systems (nearly 24 times, in some cases), to train systems on potentially millions of different classes (e.g., predicting whether a word will appear across a large number of documents, or whether a picture was taken in any city anywhere), and an optimized method for building language models and word embeddings (e.g., knowing how different words are related to each other).
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https://gigaom.com/2015/01/16/facebook-open-sources-tools-for-bigger-faster-deep-learning-models/
Facebook on Friday open sourced a handful of software libraries that it claims will help users build bigger, faster deep learning models than existing tools allow. The libraries, which is calling modules, are alternatives for the default ones in a popular machine learning development environment called Torch, and are optimized to run on graphics processing…
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Hot off the heels of Lucene / Solr 4.10.3 and we are already nearing another major release for the Lucene / Solr project. More evolutionary rather than revolutionary as the 4.0 release was, there are still some very exciting improvements coming in the 5.0 release. The release process is likely ...
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free textbook about #deeplearning  
DEEP LEARNING An MIT Press book in preparation. Yoshua Bengio, Ian Goodfellow and Aaron Courville. Draft chapters available for feedback - Version 5/12/2014. Please help us make this a great book! This draft is still full of typos and can be improved in many ways. Your suggestions are more than ...
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Fun article on Netflix, their recommendations ("Believe it or not, Hunt thinks the importance of Netflix’s recommendation engine is actually underestimated"), and their internal software engineering culture ("Think of it as, roughly, every second or third day there is a measurable improvement in the quality of what we deliver to our customers").
Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt spoke with Gigaom about how important data science and cloud computing are to the company’s business, as well as why the internet is the perfect medium to drive adoption of new video formats.
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Apache Phoenix with Actor Model (Akka.io) for real-time Big Data Programming Stack Why we still need SQL for Big Data ? How to make Big Data more responsive and faster ?
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