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Duke partners with Infinia to introduce machine learning curriculum


By David Schwartz
Published: September 11th, 2018

Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering has entered a partnership with Infinia ML to integrate machine learning into the school’s entrepreneurial curriculum.

Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, engineering students will attend lectures on machine learning from leaders at Infinia ML, an advanced machine learning company that delivers automation solutions and predictive analytics to enterprise businesses. In addition, the company will work with Duke start-ups to implement machine learning tools in their businesses. Infinia ML’s participation will support the work of Steve McClelland, Duke Engineering’s entrepreneur in residence who’s leading the school’s undergraduate entrepreneurship efforts.

“Machine learning is an evolving and important tool that’s changing how businesses approach and solve problems,” says McClelland. “Understanding its strengths, limitations and opportunities helps entrepreneurs deliver unique solutions, value and services to customers. Duke students will benefit from access to Infinia ML’s experience in applying these tools to solve real-world problems.”

The partnership, supported by a $25,000 contribution from Infinia ML, will build on the company’s already significant Duke connections. Itself a spin-out from the machine learning lab of Lawrence Carin, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering and vice provost for research at Duke, Infinia ML has several other university researchers on its staff.

“Machine learning is driving business value across a wide variety of industries and use cases, but we believe the most exciting applications are yet to come,” said Infinia CEO Robbie Allen. “We’re excited to help the next generation of Duke entrepreneurs build the next generation of machine learning solutions, products, and businesses.”

“The opportunities this partnership will provide dovetail perfectly with our strategy to increase student interactions with industry practitioners so that they are well exposed to real-world situations and problems while at Duke Engineering,” added Ravi Bellamkonda, the Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering.

Source: Markets Insider

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