Bringing new applications, workforce development and technological vision to industry.
On September 3, 2020, CSAIL Alliances launched our newest research initiative, MachineLearningApplications@CSAIL. Faculty Director Professor Daniela Rus and founding members—Retail Business Services, a subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize; Arrow Electronics; Cisco; and SAP Innovation Center Network—shared the current state of machine learning and their goals for the initiative.
MIT’s world renowned Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)'s research initiative MachineLearningApplications@CSAIL focuses on applications of the latest machine learning (ML) technologies, potential solutions to the current challenges limiting the abilities of ML, and professional development that will help prepare a company’s workforce for this digital transformation.
Many companies are unsure of how, where, or if they should leverage ML. Awash in data, they are looking to turn that data into intelligence that drives increasingly efficient processes. The valuable insights and impact across all functions from sales, marketing, and customer engagement to logistics, cost control, fraud detection, security, and more can be transformational.
Organizations who know how to leverage and integrate ML across their business will have a competitive advantage. All industries including retail, food/beverage, travel/tourism, household goods, construction, fashion, agriculture, manufacturing/ packaging, education, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and more will all benefit from the latest ML technologies.
New in fall 2023, MachineLearningApplications@CSAIL will include additional themes as an opportunity for interested companies to gain valuable insights from CSAIL researchers in industry-specific areas. Current themes include:
LearningRobots@CSAIL | Led by Professor Pulkit Agrawal
Advances in robotics have brought us autonomous vehicles, humanoid helpers, and even robotic surgery. But so much more is still possible. Which is harder—to teach a robot to play chess or to use a screwdriver? Manipulations and sensing still have a long way to go. Creating machines that can automatically and continuously learn about their environment is the goal and this theme within MLA@CSAIL focuses on robot learning to enable the next generation.
ProgramableTherapeutics@CSAIL | Led by Professor Manolis Kellis
There have been many advances in disease detection and treatment, yet so much more work is needed! Globally, there is a substantial unmet need to diagnose various diseases effectively. The complexity of different diseases and the genetic makeup of the patient population are challenges to developing early diagnosis tools and effective treatment to improve patient health. Machine learning can greatly improve the understanding of diseases plaguing the population such as Alzheimer's disease, heart failure, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, and more. Understanding of the human genome by computational integration of large-scale functional and comparative genomics datasets provides new discoveries and approaches to improve patient outcomes.
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The ability of a machine to learn depends largely on the accuracy of its underlying mathematical model. Developing and maintaining these models is challenging on several fronts. How can machine learning be leveraged for additional insights, but with outcome guarantees or provability? How can organizations analyze more complex data sets? How can the results be trusted? How can training models be updated with new data to keep the ML systems operating most efficiently?
Organizations must have a skilled workforce of people who can build the models, implement the applications, maintain the models and address ongoing privacy/security issues. From the need for new skills sets to rethinking roles and organizational structures due to automation, companies must take a holistic approach to implementing a machine learning strategy.
Our approach is comprehensive and will address the vision for the future of machine learning, its applications in business, research where no commercial products are currently available and skill development for your workforce. Member companies will engage with our world-renowned lab and:
- participate in future focused innovation sessions with researchers
- explore machine learning technology development and pathways
- advise and inform research that addresses the current challenges limiting the abilities of ML
- have access to a variety of professional development programs designed to increase worker readiness for the adoption of machine learning in their business
- connect to startups developing and deploying the latest technologies working to jump start machine learning innovation.
This exciting new initiative will help leaders navigate, consume, digest and prepare their company for all machine learning has to offer.