CMU, FAIR Teams Use ML to Train Robots to Navigate by Recognizing Objects

CMU | July 21, 2020

Carnegie Mellon today showed off new research into the world of robotic navigation. With help from the team at Facebook AI Research (FAIR), the university has designed a semantic navigation that helps robots navigate around by recognizing familiar objects.
The SemExp system, which beat out Samsung to take first place in a recent Habitat ObjectNav Challenge, utilizes machine learning to train the system to recognize objects. That goes beyond simple superficial traits, however. In the example given by CMU, the robot is able to distinguish an end table from a kitchen table, and thus extrapolate in which room it’s located. That should be more straightforward, however, with a fridge, which is both pretty distinct and is largely restricted to a singe room.

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Amid ongoing market dynamism and growth, communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide are challenged to retain and improve their market positions while remaining costcompetitive. The rapid pace of wireless network expansion combined with the heavy influence of digital technology are creating new and evolving customer needs, and significantly shrinking product lifecycles, placing added pressure on CSPs’ financial performance.


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Tanla | June 13, 2022

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Recognized as a Leader in Gartner's Enterprise Conversational AI Platforms Magic Quadrant 2022, Kore.ai offers an enterprise-grade, end-to-end, no-code conversational AI platform and AI-first solutions that serve as a secure foundation for enterprises to design, build, test, host, deploy and manage virtual assistants, process assistants and conversational digital applications for optimized customer, employee and agent experiences across voice and digital channels. The Kore.ai Experience Optimization Platform (XO) supports on-prem and cloud deployments for more than 35 channels in 100 languages. Kore.ai also brings with it an experienced and dedicated team to jointly accelerate product development and go-to-market (GTM) with Tanla in India and other focus geographies. Tanla is an industry leader in CPaaS, serving marquee clients across all major industries and transforming the way the world collaborates and communicates through innovative CPaaS solutions. It touches over a billion lives with its purpose "EC*2" i.e., "shaping the world of trusted digital experiences to empower consumers and enable companies." Tanla's Wisely platform is an embodiment of a step towards this purpose. Co-developed with Microsoft, Wisely is the world's first blockchain-powered cloud-based platform that connects enterprises and suppliers through a secure 'express route', ensuring complete transparency and a single source of truth that results in immutable audit trails and zero dispute settlements. Gartner has recognized Tanla in the 2021 CPaaS Competitive landscape based on a combination of prominence and the unique features of Wisely. The conversational AI market is growing at a rate of approximately 21% CAGR (source: Market Digits) while the Indian market itself is expected to grow at a rate of 25% CAGR (source: Gartner, Expert Interview). This outlook presents a huge growth opportunity in the conversational space. 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eFraud | June 22, 2022

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