Introduction to Cognitive and AI on Azure
Justin Frebault
3 h 26 m
Lecture Overview
This course introduces you to Microsoft Cognitive Services and takes you through a gradual journey of features through search, audio, computer vision and language processing services. Along with it’s capabilities, this course explains how to get started developing applications that take advantage of Microsoft Azure Cognitive Service offerings. Once you have clear understanding of all the offerings you can make better decisions on when and how to incorporate Cognitive Services into Enterprise server, desktop, mobile, web, IoT and extended reality (xR/VR/AR/MR) applications.This course will introduce you how to all offerings of Azure Cognitive Services in many different environments, server, web, UWP Store and xR applications.

Related Learning Path(s):
Building Apps with Azure Cognitive and AI
  • The course will educate you on what Microsoft Cognitive Service offers and showcase through a variety of demonstrations, labs, and presentation material how to take advantage of the offerings. At the end of this course, you will be able to add Seach, Audio, Computer Vision, and Image based services into any modern based application based on .Net.
  • Intro to Artificial Intelligence
  • Intro to Machine Learning
  • Intro to Cloud Computing
  • Basic C# Programing Skills
  • Knowledge on REST and invoking REST endpoints preferred.
Lecture Modules
Module 1 introduces Microsoft’s cloud based Artificial Intelligence service Cognitive Service offerings to the learner and discusses how the industry is adopting it. This module discusses all the features of Cognitive Services and demonstrates ways in which the industry has take advantage of it  
Refresher: What is Artificial Intelligence
The AI Big Bucket
Requirements of AI
Cloud Computing
Azure Cloud Offerings
Intro to Cognitive Services
What can we do with it?
Search based services
Audio and Speech based services
Vision and Image based services
Text/Language based services
Generic machine learning based services
Demo: Recommend a movie.
Demo: Test the virtual translator.
Demo: How old am I?
Demo: Using Bing Image search
Demo: LUIS.

Module 2 takes a look at an overview of the various search based services, their purpose, and how the industry uses these services today. This module also covers how to invoke these services from an ASP.Net MVC web application.
What services are offered with Search Base Services?
What are their purposes?
Who uses these services in the industry?
Demo: Using Bing Search Services

Module 3 is all the audio based Cognitive Service offerings. This module discusses all the audio and speech based services provided, details their purpose, and shows step by step how to invoke translator services in an UWP application. 
What services are offered for Audio 
What services are offered for Speech
What are their purposes?
How are these services being utilized today?
Demo: Setting up recognized speakers with Speaker Recognition

Module 4 discusses the computer vision/image based services. In this module you will learn about all the computer vision and image based services Cognitive has to offer. In addition, this module discusses each service purpose, and examples how various entreprises and solutions utilize it. Lastly, step by step instructions are provided to show how easy it is to take advantage of these offerings in desktop applications.
What is Computer Vision?
What services are offered for Computer Vision?
Other Image based services
Examples of Image based services utilized today
Demo: Recognizing a face from an image.

Module 5 discusses all the features for text and language based services. In this module you will learn about how natural language processing is used today, and how to invoke the Language based services.
What are the Text based services?
What is their purpose?
What are the Laguange based services?
What is natural language processing?
Examples of text and language services
Demo: Analyzing Intent from text messages
Demo: Building a LUIS model for Hair and Nail Salon conversations

Module 6 discusses the remaining general machine learning services offerings and frameworks which the Cognitive Service engines use behind the scenes. 
So What other service offerings are left?
How is the industry utilizing some of these services
Other Microsoft AI Frameworks
What’s Next?

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