When Transformers Learn: Harnessing Python for Deep Learning Breakthroughs





Transformers have revolutionized deep learning, enabling breakthroughs in natural language processing, computer vision, including the chatGPT. This talk will focus on harnessing the power of transformers using Python and PyTorch, one of the most popular frameworks for deep learning development.

We'll explore the limitations of previous models like RNNs and CNNs, highlighting the challenges they faced with long-range dependencies and parallelization. The introduction of transformers marked a paradigm shift, overcoming these hurdles with their self-attention mechanism and scalability.

In this session, I will demonstrate how to implement and utilize transformers in PyTorch. We'll walk through the process of setting up a transformer model, training it on a dataset, and fine-tuning it for specific tasks. Additionally, we'll cover practical tips for optimizing performance and troubleshooting common issues.

Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to leverage transformers in PyTorch, their advantages over traditional models, and practical insights into integrating them into their projects. By the end of this talk, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to achieve state-of-the-art results in your deep learning endeavors using Python and PyTorch.


  1. Introduction to Deep Learning Challenges (5 minutes)

    • Brief overview of RNNs and CNNs
    • Challenges with long-range dependencies and parallelization
  2. Emergence of Transformers (5 minutes)

    • History and motivation behind transformers
    • Key innovations in transformer architecture
  3. Implementing Transformers in PyTorch (10 minutes)

    • Overview of PyTorch and its advantages
    • Step-by-step guide to setting up a transformer model
    • Training and fine-tuning transformers for specific tasks
  4. Practical Tips and Optimization (5 minutes)

    • Performance optimization techniques
    • Troubleshooting common issues
  5. Q&A Session (5 minutes)

    • Open floor for audience questions and discussion

Join this session to unravel the power of transformers using PyTorch and discover how they can transform your approach to deep learning.


This session is designed for beginners who have a basic understanding of Python and an interest in deep learning. Before attending, participants should:

  1. Have a Basic Understanding of Python:

    • Familiarity with Python syntax and basic programming concepts.
    • Experience with Python libraries such as NumPy and Pandas is helpful but not required.
  2. Understand Fundamental Deep Learning Concepts:

    • Basic knowledge of neural networks and how they work.
    • Understanding of common deep learning terms such as layers, weights, and activation functions is helpful but not required.
  3. Be Curious and Eager to Learn:

    • A willingness to learn new concepts and dive into the world of transformers.
    • An open mind to understanding the nuances of deep learning and how transformers differ from traditional models.

Content URLs:

  • Andrej Karpathy's Lecture on Transformers: Watch here
  • Attention Is All You Need Paper: Read here

Speaker Info:

Hi there! 👋 My name is Sooraj, and I am a backend developer at Strollby Inc. I have always been fascinated by computers, how they learn and interact, which ultimately piqued my interest in machine learning and its techniques.

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Section: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Type: Talk
Target Audience: Beginner
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