Technical Workshop Series - Getting to Know Llama (your own ChatGPT) - Part 1 (2nd Offering)

Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 13:00

Technical Workshop Series

Getting to Know Llama (your own ChatGPT) - Part 1 (2nd Offering)


Presenter:  Ali Forooghi

Date:  Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: 4th Floor (Lecture Space) at 300 Ouellette Avenue (School of Computer Science Advanced Computing Hub)

Important Information: This is a 2-part workshop. Please ensure you can attend both parts before registering (Part 2 will be held on Thursday, May 30th, 2024). If you are registered for Part 1 (2nd Offering), you will be automatically registered for Part 2 (2nd Offering).



The GPT models are general-purpose language models that can perform a broad range of tasks, from creating original content to writing code, summarizing text, and extracting data from documents. In this workshop, we will introduce Llama and Llama2, a collection of open-source foundation language models ranging from 7B to 70B parameters, which were released by Meta in February 2023. Llama's open-source nature provides a valuable alternative to OpenAI's ChatGPT, allowing numerous researchers and developers to use its capabilities to craft innovative tools and advance knowledge. In the first part of this workshop, we will introduce natural language processing tasks and explain why models like Llama have been introduced by the research community. The second part will demonstrate how to access and work with Llama.


Workshop Outline (Part 1):

  • Introduction to NLP
  • NLP tasks
  • Understanding LLMs



Basic understanding of Machine Learning – Basic Python skills



Ali Forooghi, a Ph.D. of computer science student at the University of Windsor with an interest in Natural Language Processing. (Email:


MAC STUDENTS ONLY - Register here

Note for MAC Students: You must attend both parts of the workshop to earn 2 points. If you attend only 1 workshop, you will not receive any points.