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Deploying a Batch AI Cluster for Distributed Deep Learning Model Training

Microsoft and Land O'Lakes partnered to develop an automated solution to identify sustainable farming practices given thousands of satellite images of Iowan farms. Our primary goal was to reduce the reliance on manual interviewing of farmers and make it more profitable for farmers to follow sustainable farming practices. To tackle this issue our team deployed a highly scalable Batch AI cluster on Azure and then performed distributed deep learning model training with Horovod.

Using Otsu’s method to generate data for training of deep learning image segmentation models

In this article, we introduce a technique to rapidly pre-label training data for image segmentation models such that annotators no longer have to painstakingly hand-annotate every pixel of interest in an image. The approach is implemented in Python and OpenCV and extensible to any image segmentation task that aims to identify a subset of visually distinct pixels in an image.

Making sense of Handwritten Sections in Scanned Documents using the Azure ML Package for Computer Vision and Azure Cognitive Services

Extracting general concepts, rather than specific phrases, from documents and contracts is challenging. It's even more complicated when applied to scanned documents containing handwritten annotations. We describe using object detection and OCR with Azure ML Package for Computer Vision and Cognitive Services API.