About SilliconIsland.ai

đŸč🚀đŸčMission: Empower organization by helping them leverage AI from Strategy to Deployment

In a nutshell, SiliconIsland.ai founder is a tech entrepreneur and by training an applied research engineer from MontrĂ©al’s prestigious Yoshua Bengio MILA, was involved in the early research in Deep Learning and has a proven track record with multiple MontrĂ©al based tech companies across various roles including; Machine learning Specialist at Coradiant which was acquired by BMC, Founder and CEO of QMining which was acqui-hired by Nuance, COO at Squarepoint Technology (Hedge Fund) where he played a key role in building its MontrĂ©al R&D lab and now Founder and Chief AI Officer at SiliconIsland.ai (MTL;). A fearless entrepreneur and geek whose mission is to help humanity moving from managing scarcity to managing abundance through the use of technology and, of course, making sure MTL stay the capital of AI.

    Here are his highlights:
  • Software engineer, Master Apply Research (MILA)
  • Early research Deep Learning with Yoshua Bengio
  • Community builder: big data usergroup co-organizer, AI community builder
  • Lead dev mlboost, pytrade, flayers opensource projects
  • 20 years+ experience in AI/Machine Learning
  • Founder of QMining, self-founder boootstrapped startup (Simplify Big Data Mining Application)
  • Machine Learning expert at Coradiant, lead architect of AIM and bot detector projects (Acquired by BMC)
  • Lecturer of Machine Learning at ETS University
  • NLU Senior Researcher@Nuance
  • Invited speaker at confoo, data-science summit, Salon BI, McGill MBA, ...
  • entoring and strategic advisor (Les Bouchons, bitcredits.io, allai.ca, etc.)
  • COO at Squarepoint capital: built a 28 member R&D team in MTL in 6 months
  • Member of Montreal Startup Cabal community connector
  • Mentoring and strategic advisor of several startups
  • Instructor @concordia university - Big Data Certificate (Infrastructure & Storage class)
  • AI Strategist@Merck
Here is SiliconIsland business model one page, basically our fees: https://goo.gl/dj4A43

Francis Pieraut

History

Internship Microcell Labs

In summer 1997, I did an intership at Microcell labs and integrate decisions tree algo into ad (ancester of plearn). I meet and work under Samy Bengio..which turn into part-time work and another internship....

Summer 1997
student@polytechnique

Intership at Locus Dialog (speech to text)

In summer 1999, I did an intership at Locus Dialog and learn about speech recognition and the importance of training dataset quality under Regis Cardin leadership and met Simona Grandrabur and met JLT (Jean-Luc Trepanier)

Summer 1999
student@polytechnique

Master in Apply Science at LISA now MILA

Most interesting research experience. I did lot of experiment to understand why deep architecture can't be trained properly. Push plean to its limit, develop flayers crazy tool and challenged plearn performance by competing with torch. Meet amazing researcher: Yoshua, Pascal Vincent, Ronan Collobert, Christian Jauvin, Gilles Caporossi etc.

Summer 1999
student@lisa

Junior Research Engineer@idilia

Learn linux low level powerfull tools such as sed/cut/awk/grep to do complexe preprocessing and learn to improve the tagger and meet Jeremy Barnes

Summer 1999
junior@researcher

Machine Learning Specialist@Coradiant

First indian in the advanced dev team of Coradiant in Eric Packman team (CTO)

winter 2006
Machine Learning Specialist@coradiant

launch mlboot

Launch V0.1 of mlboost -> python script to boost my machine learning projects

winter 2006
Machine Learning Specialist@coradiant

Start to speak in usergroup conference

Everything started after meeting Yannick Gingras -> Machine Learning empower by Python @PythonMontreal

winter 2008
dev@pivotalpayments

Lecturer Machine Learning ETS

ETS university ask me to teach Machine Learning to last year undergrade software engineer (where looking for practitionner not only theoritical people -> Thanks Francois and Luc)

spring 2010
founder@qmining.com

Learn entrepreneurship and bootstrapping

launch QMining after doing part-time consulting for thomson reuter

winter 2010
founder@qmining.com

Improve mlboost

Improve mlboost in various projects at Nuance

2010-2013
researcher@nuance.com

Nurture startup ecosystem

Join the startup cabal (connector/enabler)

2010-2013
researcher@nuance.com

Big-Data MTL co-organizator

Help improve, organize & recruit speaker & push the flash presentation framework

2010-2013
researcher@nuance.com

SiliconIsland vision

On November 15, I wrote the SiliconIsland vision/master plan.

Nov 2015
Researcher@Nuance.com

TMining.io

During fall, I team-up with Andre Girard to launch TMining.io (Google Analytics in the real world to optimize sales conversion from door sensor (IOT) and payment transactions)

fall 2015
experiment@TMining.io

Intrapreneur@Squarepoint Technology

Build and expand the technology core and research team of Squarepoint edge fund in Montreal.

April 2016
COO@Squarepoint Technology

SiliconIsland.ai is born

I rebranded QMining.com SiliconIsland.ai in Feb 2017. It was time to walk the talk and implement the master plan.

Jan 2018
Founder and CEO

Chief AI Officier@allai.ca

SiliconIsland.ai is now empowering allai.ca (Strategic Advisor/Mentor, Investor, Connector & help pitch to raise millions)

2018
Chief AI Officier@allai.ca

Strategic partnership will AGILE O.P.S.

Now we can focus on AI only not devops. Now our offer covers Strategic AI and DevOps.

Mars 2018
Chief AI Officier

Instructor at Concordia - Big Data Certificate

Empowering students in Big Data Infrastructure and Storage (partnership with AGILE O.P.S)

April 2018
Instructor

Partnership Fondation CSDM

Empowering kids from 12-17 years in embrassing and leveraging AI for Really Social Good.

May 2018
Founder

Strategic Partnership with Calliere Group

We are offering AI Headhunting and consultant placement services specialized in AI resources

June 2018
Chief AI Officier

Instructor Big-Data@Concordia

Big-data certificate instructor: Infra (IT) & Storage (Business)

2018
Chief AI Officier

Intrapreneur - AI Strategist Merck

Intrapreneurship at Merck "Defining Merck Canada AI Strategy"

April 2019
Chief AI Officier

My Skills

My Projects

Projet de fin d'etude

Projet de fin d'etude fait dans le lab de R&D de Microcell-labs under Samy Bengio). Title = Ajout et adaptation d'un algorithme d'apprentissage (arbre de décisions) à une librairie (AD)

ArgvParser

ArgvParser(are you tired of getopt of GNU ? you should try this !) download source code (right click-save as) http://community.fortunecity.ws/oasis/tahoe/936/francis/utilitaires/argvparser.zip

ICU2 (I See You To - video compressor)

Tools written in C++ to check RAM, chat server

EuroVelo 2000

Bike trip around europe in 2000 for about 9 months (bike in 11 countries)

ICU2

Hyper optimized Video conference tool written in C++ by Laurent & Francis Pieraut in 1999

fpieraut website (LISA now MILA)

my website during Master research in LISA (Bengio Lab)

fraka6 blog (tech blog - No Free Lunch)

My first blog. Some thoughts of a Machine Learning Practitioner on Software Development, Management, Team Building, Startups, Python, Agile Development, Data visualization... that will distract you from your end goals by making you less efficient but are critical to manage in order to succeed. Don't forget that long time adaptation to inefficient approaches can become your enemy. Let's try to empower others by sharing knowledge & personal experiences.

mlboost

mlboost is the ultimate boost python tools for extreme Machine Learning prototyping - evolving since 2005 but started privately in 2003.

fr2qc blog (immigrant blog france to quebec)

Imigrant blog. J'ai immigré au Québec dans les années 80 et les Francais doivent mieux comprendre la culture Québécoise pour mieux s'y intégrer. Il y a des différences culturelles notables qu'il faut connaitre.

conspirationmiddleclass blog on finance IQ

Middle class is slowly becoming irrelevant due to technology and increase professional education. Middle class has to become more financially educated to counter balance the rich or humanity will fall back to its normal balance-> Rich and Poor (no more real strong middle class).

ai-collective.org

help lead Canada’s transformation into an AI superpower not only scientifically but also economically and morally by connecting more dots.

digipy

Demo used in Montreal Python talk: Machine Learning empowered by Python http://montrealpython.org/?p=50

digiface

Package used in ETS Machine learning class - Digiface is a framework to train face recognition ML.

pytrade

Ultimate trading python tool to trade and build model with machine learning

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Francis content slides

All my content created so far

Big Data Storage Class content (Platform+life cycle)

big-data storage class content - All what you need to know about big data storage and how to deploy it.

New blog on medium (tech & strategy)

Looking for a better blog platform to share my thoughts on share my learnings.