deepsense.ai researcher Henryk Michalewski is set to join Michael Benedikt’s lab as a visiting professor at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University. Michalewski’s post will begin September 1.
deepsense.ai is committed to contributing to international-level research in deep learning and reinforcement learning. Last year our researchers created a reinforcement learning agent that learned how to run like a human, using muscles and a skeleton. It also parallelized training in Atari games so that it scales almost linearly up to 64 nodes.
deepsense.ai has recently published a five-year strategy to become a European AI powerhouse, which will see it invest heavily in R&D, particularly reinforcement learning while continuing to focus on image recognition and natural language processing.
“We see reinforcement learning as a technology of the future and that’s why we focus on it in our research. It can reshape the landscape in various ways. For instance, we are currently applying it in our work on autonomous vehicles. There’s no challenge in following the trail blazers. Real technological leadership means being the trail-blazer”, comments Tomasz Kułakowski, CEO of deepsense.ai.
Data scientists from deepsense.ai have also successfully applied image recognition techniques in whale recognition software designed for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and designed an award-winning crime forecasting model for Portland, Oregon. Michalewski’s activity at Oxford is another step in deepsense’s long-term research, which are intended to combine deep learning and reinforcement learning with practical applications.
Michalewski says of the opportunity, “The University of Oxford is known for excellent work on robotics and reinforcement learning with its Whiteson Research Lab and Autonomous Machines and Systems Lab. One of the first milestones in modern deep learning was achieved by the Visual Geometry Group, with its impressive work on image recognition and classification resulting in their taking 1st place in the 2014 ImageNet competition”.
Both students and researchers at Oxford have successfully launched startups providing innovative and interesting AI-based services.
Among them is the well-known DiffBlue, which uses AI to support programmers in the most repetitive tasks, including code debugging and software testing.
Student-founded Onfido performs identity background checks by scrapping public databases and the data available online to make HR and hiring tasks easier. Other interesting startups showing out-of-the-box thinking include IntelligentX, the AI powered brewery and OpenMined, which builds open-source and transparent AI.
“With his inquiring nature and expertise in AI, Henryk will be able both to support Oxford University’s research on AI and share his knowledge with students”, said deepsense Chief Technology Officer Robert Bogucki. “Oxford is a great destination for a researcher and I am proud that deepsense can contribute to it”.
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