Retinal Image Generation for Disease Discovery with Stephen Odaibo

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Today we’re joined by Dr. Stephen G. Odaibo, Founder and CEO of RETINA-AI, a company using Artificial Intelligence to improve healthcare.

Stephen’s unique journey to machine learning and AI includes degrees in math, medicine and computer science, which led him to an ophthalmology practice before taking on the ultimate challenge as an entrepreneur. RETINA-AI Health harnesses the power of machine learning to build autonomous systems that diagnose and treat retinal diseases. In this episode we chat with Stephan about his expertise in ophthalmology and engineering along with the current state of both industries that led to his company. We delve into his work with GANs to create artificial retinal images, the importance of domain experience and why more data isn’t always better.

About Stephen

From the Interview

TWIMLcon Update

As we approach TWIMLcon: AI Platforms, I’d like to let you all in on our first major announcement from the conference. You all love this podcast for great guests and interviews, and we’re bringing that concept right to the TWIMLcon stage. I’d super excited to announce that Andrew Ng will be joining me on stage at TWIMLcon for a live Keynote Interview! Many of you know Andrew from his work at Stanford, Coursera or his many other efforts in the industry, including most recently founding Andrew and his work have been super impactful on my life and career and I know that that’s the case for many of you as well. In our conversation, we’ll be discussing the state of AI in the enterprise, the barriers to using deep learning in production and how to overcome them, his views on tooling and platforms for efficient AI delivery, and other topics from his recently published AI transformation playbook.

Be on the lookout for more great speaker announcements rolling out over the course of the next few weeks! You don’t want to miss this event! Get your ticket now at!

Meetup Update!

Many of you are aware that we’ve been hosting a couple of paper-reading meetups in conjunction with the podcast. I’m excited to share that Matt Kenney, Duke staff researcher and long-time listener and friend of the show, has stepped up to help take this group to the next level. The paper reading meetup will now be meeting every other Sunday at 1 PM Eastern Time to dissect the latest and greatest academic research papers in ML and AI. If you want to take your understanding of the field to the next level, please join us on Sunday, July 28th, or check for more upcoming community events.

We’ve also got a couple of study groups currently running, one working through the Deep Learning from the Foundations course, another on [Natural Language Processing] (, and another working through the Stanford cs224n Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing course. These study groups just started and will be working on these courses through October and November, so it’s not too late to join. Sign up on the meetup page at

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