Neurala Brings Brain Builder to AI Developers in Academia, Helping Bridge AI Skills Gap

Chinese Software Developer Network and Boston University Use Brain Builder in Curriculum to Prototype AI Faster, Better and Smarter

BOSTON—November 8, 2018—Award-winning artificial intelligence company Neurala today announced that it will provide its Brain Builder platform to developer education programs and academic institutions in both the US and China, including the Chinese Software Developer Network (CSDN) and Boston University, in an effort to support AI education and address the AI skills gap. Brain Builder is a SaaS platform that helps make AI more accessible for developers and organizations, by providing an easy-to-use platform to manage and annotate training data and build AI applications out of this data.

“We’re excited to be working with leading developer education programs in the U.S. and abroad to contribute to AI learning and development,” said Dr. Massimiliano Versace, co-founder and CEO of Neurala. “The AI skills gap is very real – by some estimates, there are only about 300,000 AI engineers worldwide, and only 22,000 AI PhDs worldwide, but millions are needed. By providing Neurala’s Brain Builder platform to educators around the world, we’re giving developers the tools to accelerate their readiness to enter into the AI workforce with modern tools and build impactful, enterprise-level AI systems.”

Already, Neurala has partnered with CSDN on a curriculum to help aspiring AI programmers enhance their skillsets. By using Brain Builder as part of this coursework, developers can gain the skills they need to become proficient in building AI in real-world scenarios, learning to prepare datasets and build AI applications more efficiently, with quality and consistency.

“Brain Builder is a valuable tool to support AI education today, and has significant potential to address challenges in the market as a whole,” said Jiang Tao, chairman of CSDN. “The new labeling method that Neurala’s team has developed in Brain Builder can greatly improve the efficiency of AI development, saving developers – and by extension, enterprises – time and money. We’re proud to work with Neurala on the new AI curriculum, to help bring its powerful tool to more developers and organizations.”

Neurala is also working with professors at Boston University to incorporate Brain Builder into select courses.

“As we educate the next generation of AI engineers, teaching them about data preparation and annotation is a foundational element of their overall skillset,” said Dr. Osama Alshaykh, lecturer and assistant research professor (ECE) at Boston University. “Using Brain Builder in the classroom gives students direct exposure to the challenges they’ll face, and tools they need to overcome those challenges, when preparing datasets in real-world scenarios.”

Interested companies and universities can apply to be part of the Brain Builder beta program here. Users who sign up for the initial Brain Builder beta program will have preferred access to the full suite when it launches later this year.

About Neurala
Neurala developed The Neurala Brain—deep learning neural network software that makes devices and products like drones, mobile phones and cameras more intelligent, engaging and useful. Neurala provides customized solutions ranging from high-end applications to inexpensive everyday products. With The Neurala Brain and an ordinary camera, products can learn people and objects, recognize them in a video stream, find them in the video, and track them as they move. The Neurala Brain is based on technology originally developed for NASA, DARPA and the U.S. Air Force and is now deployed commercially on over a million smart devices. Follow Neurala on Twitter @Neurala and on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

About CSDN
Founded in 1999, CSDN (Chinese Software Developer Network) is the largest IT and software development community platform in China. It provides Chinese software developers and IT professionals comprehensive services related to IT, covering knowledge sharing, career development and software development, to meet the growing needs of professional software developers, to learn and share information and knowledge, establish and develop social circles, and commercialize technologies through software development. Over the past several years, CSDN has hosted a series of conferences, each with over 1000 attendees, including China Artificial Intelligence Developer Conference, Blockchain Technology and Application Conference China, China Cloud Computing Conference, Software Developer Conference China, etc. Follow CSDN on Twitter @hellocsdn and LinkedIn.