Announcing the winners of the AI ​​Innovation Awards at Transform 2021

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After hearing from AI executives, scientists and leaders during the Transform Virtual Conference 2021“It is clear that there is plenty of innovation in the field. The AI ​​Innovation Awards conclude a week celebrating companies and individuals pushing the boundaries of AI to discover new possibilities.

The third annual AI Innovation Awards honors people and companies involved in compelling and influential work in five areas: Natural Language Processing and Comprehension, Business Applications, Edge Innovation, Startup Spotlight and AI for Good.

Natural language processing/comprehension

Many things become possible when machines understand the languages ​​that humans speak and write. One of those benefits is that smart assistants can handle more tasks in different industries.

hugging face received the 2021 Innovation in Natural Language Process/Understanding Award for the team’s work in democratizing NLP.

Business Applications

While research is essential, the real impact of AI comes from practical applications that address real-world problems.

pilot received the 2021 Innovation in Business Applications Award for improving the back office experience for small businesses without deep finance teams. The software’s predictive insights help small businesses make better budget and spend decisions.

Edge AI

Edge AI becomes even more important with the rise of the Internet of Things and near-ubiquitous networking capabilities promised by 5G.

Samba Nova Systems received the 2021 Innovation in Edge Award for developing systems that run AI and data-intensive apps from the data center to the edge.

Startup Spotlight

The Startup Spotlight focuses on companies that are working with AI, have raised $35 million or less in funding, have been in business for no more than two years, and have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field in the coming years.

Parity received the 2021 Startup Spotlight Award for its tools and services designed to identify and remove bias from AI systems. And after a week of in-depth conversations about the importance of ethics and responsible AI, clearly this will be a very important area to focus on.

AI for good

AI for Good recognizes AI technology, the application of AI and advocacy or activism in AI that protects or improves human lives or fights injustice, improves equality and serves humanity better.

[email protected], based out of the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, with support from the other principal labs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Temple University, received the AI ​​for Good Award for 2021. By leveraging crowdsourced computing power to Helping perform molecular calculations for diseases, [email protected] helps scientists study how proteins “misfold” and cause disease and develop therapies for the diseases based on the research. [email protected] solved some basic problems in SAR-CoV-2 research and helped scientists in their work for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Innovation and influential work

The nominees were selected by a committee consisting of: Vijoy Pandey, the VP of engineering and CTO of cloud and distributed systems at Cisco; Raffael Marty, senior VP of product and cybersecurity at ConnectWise and former chief research and intelligence officer at Forcepoint; and Stacey Shulman, VP of the IoT Group and General Manager of Health, Life Sciences and Emerging Technologies at Intel. Each of the nominees is a pioneer involved in influential work in AI, and there will be more opportunities to hear their stories in the coming years.


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