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Brněnské Pyvo – Language models

The meetup took place on Thursday the 29th of June, 2023 at 19:00.
ArtBar Druhý Pád, Štefánikova 836/1 → map (mapy.cz)

Červnové Pyvo se blíží! Poslední čtvrtek v měsíci v ArtBaru, jako obvykle 🙂

June Pyvo is coming! Last Thursday of the month in ArtBar, as usual 🙂 This time, we have two talks, both will be in English.


Using NLP to Detect Knots in Protein Structures

  • Eva Klimentová

Proteins are essential components of our bodies, with their function often dependent on their 3D structure. However, uncovering the 3D structure has for a long time been redeemed by months of hard work in the lab. Recent advances in Machine learning and NLP have made it possible to build models (eg. Alphafold) capable of predicting the protein's 3D structure with the same precision as experimental methods.

In this talk, I will explore an even more specific application of language models for proteins - the detection of a knot in a protein's 3D structure solely from the protein amino acid sequence. Knotting in proteins is a phenomenon that can affect their function and stability. Thanks to NLP and interpretation techniques we can try to uncover why and how proteins tie themself into a knot. In this research, we rely on many Python-based tools starting from Biopython to Pymol and Hugging Face transformer library.

Eva is a full-time PhD student in Bioinformatics doing research, teaching and being taught. Currently exploring the world of proteins, their 3D structure and function with a focus on proteins with a knot in their structure and combining it with state-of-the-art Machine learning approaches. In the free time doing anything and everything from dancing, reading, and knitting to reconstructing a flat.

Taming GPT-3 Beast for Media Monitoring

  • Petr Šimeček

The emergence of ChatGPT has led to a rapid growth of prospects and implementations in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP). Various teams were struck with Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and hastened to incorporate Large Language Models (LLMs) into their products. By using OpenAI models, we successfully integrated LLM into our app on March 2, granting our users the ability to get text summaries of any article. Three weeks later, we trained our own large language model for the same purpose.While heaps of research focus on English texts, this talk will zoom in on using LLMs for smaller languages like Czech or Slovak. I'll share some hair-raising examples from the first days after deployment. I'll also chat about the quirks that come with non-English languages (more tokens, bigger models, ...) and dish about our experiments with various LLMs.

Petr is a biostatistician by training, time series forecaster at Google, currently, entangling knots on protein backbones at Masaryk University and applying large language models at Monitora Media.


ArtBar Druhý Pád, Štefánikova 836/1

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