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Abstract:

In this workshop we will focus on hands-on activities that develop proficiency in AI-oriented services such as Azure Bot Services, Azure Search, and Cognitive Services. These labs assume an introductory to intermediate knowledge of these services, and if this is not the case, then you should spend the time working through the pre-requisites.
 
Goals:
Most challenges observed by customers in these realms are in stitching multiple services together. As such, where possible, we have tried to place key concepts in the context of a broader example.
 
At the end of this workshop, you should be able to:
 
  • Understand how to configure your apps to call Cognitive Services
  • Build an application that calls various Cognitive Services APIs (specifically Computer Vision)
  • Understand how to implement Azure Search features to provide a positive search experience inside applications
  • Configure an Azure Search service to extend your data to enable full-text, language-aware search
  • Build, train, and publish a LUIS model to help your bot communicate effectively
  • Build an intelligent bot using Microsoft Bot Framework that leverages LUIS and Azure Search
  • Effectively log chat conversations in your bot
  • Perform rapid development/testing with Ngrok and test your bots with unit tests and direct bot communication
  • Effectively leverage the custom vision service to create image classification services that can then be leveraged by an application
 
Pre-requisites
This workshop is meant for an AI Developer on Azure. Since this is only a short workshop, there are certain things you need before you arrive.
 
Firstly, you should have some previous exposure to Visual Studio. We will be using it for everything we are building in the workshop, so you should be familiar with how to use it to create applications. Additionally, this is not a class where we teach you how to code or develop applications. We assume you have some familiarity with C# (intermediate level - you can learn at https://mva.microsoft.com/en-us/training-courses/c-fundamentals-for-absolute-beginners-16169?l=Lvld4EQIC_2706218949), but you do not know how to implement solutions with Cognitive Services.
 
Secondly, you should have some experience developing bots with Microsoft’s Bot Framework. We won’t spend a lot of time discussing how to design them or how dialogs work. If you are not familiar with the Bot Framework, you should take the Microsoft Virtual Academy course at https://mva.microsoft.com/en-us/training-courses/creating-bots-in-the-microsoft-bot-framework-using-c-17590#! prior to attending the workshop.
 
Thirdly, you should have experience with the portal and be able to create resources (and spend money) on Azure. We will not be providing Azure passes for this workshop.
 
Finally, before arriving at the workshop, we expect you to have completed a setup process. The setup process will be sent to you before the workshop. You also need to bring your own laptop to the workshop.
 
Agenda
Please note: This is a rough agenda, and the schedule is subject to change pending class activities and interaction.
 
  • 8-9 (optional): Setup assistance
  • 9-10: Introduction and context for Cognitive Services and Bots
  • 10-12: Lab 1: Simplifying Cognitive Services App Development using Portable Class Libraries
  • 12-13: Lunch
  • 13:00-14:00: Lab 2: Developing Intelligent Applications with LUIS
  • 14:00-15:00: Lab 3: Developing Intelligent Applications with Azure Search
  • 15:00-16:30: Lab 4: Building Intelligent Bots
  • 16:30-17:30: Q&A
  • Optional Lab 5: Log Chat Conversations in your Bot
  • Optional Lab 6: Testing your Bot
 
 

When and where?

The River Club

Starts:
Fri 07 Sep 2018 at 8:00 AM (SAST)
Ends:
Fri 07 Sep 2018 at 4:30 PM (SAST)

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