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Computer Vision Co. Taps Leading Neuroscientist

AI: Collab to Apply Human Brain Processes to Machine Learning

Local computer vision solutions leader alwaysAI announced a strategic partnership with world-leading neuroscience and machine-learning expert, Dr. Gabriel Silva, PhD. The UC San Diego professor of Neurosciences and Bioengineering plans to collaborate with alwaysAI to advance the company’s tech and solutions.

Marty Beard
Co-Founder & CEO
alwaysAI

“We’ll leverage Dr. Silva’s world-leading research into neuroscience and machine learning to help us provide more innovative technology,” Marty Beard, co-founder and CEO of alwaysAI said. “As we continue to refine our solutions, it is essential to use what scientists have learned about how the brain processes and inferences visual information and apply it to how we train machines. Dr. Silva’s expertise and experience in neuroscience will be invaluable to us as we continue to create more powerful computer vision applications.”

Beard said his company’s computer vision solutions help cameras to “see” just as the human eye does.

“Computer vision detects objects, people, and events in real-time – serving as an extra set of eyes for enterprises whether they have a large manufacturing facility, retail store, restaurant, warehouse, etc. Computer vision makes it possible for enterprises to see into their operations even if no one is watching. This is incredibly powerful (and unprecedented) visual information, allowing enterprises to make more informed business decisions to dramatically improve operations and ROI,” he shared.

The company has reportedly worked with several local businesses, including Qualcomm and Ceramic Pro. According to Beard, alwaysAI has more than doubled its enterprise business from last year and nearly tripled its valuations during its last round of fundraising. The company has so far raised $18 million in funds, per an alwaysAI spokesperson.

The company’s partnership with Dr. Silva came about after alwaysAI’s investor, Longley Capital, introduced alwaysAI to the professor, whose work ties directly with alwaysAI’s computer vision work.

Neuroscience Expertise

The company shared that Dr. Silva’s work aims to understand how the brain works as an engineered system and how to apply this understanding to next-generation machine learning and machine inference.

Dr. Gabriel Silva, PhD
Professor of Neurosciences and Bioengineering
UC San Diego

According to the university’s website, Dr. Silva holds the J. Robert Beyster Endowed Chair in Engineering, is the founding director of the Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence and associate director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind. He’s also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of NanoEngineering and a faculty member in the BioCircuits Institute, the Neurosciences Graduate Program, Computational Neurobiology Program and Institute for Neural Computation.

Dr. Silva previously served as Vice Chair of the Department of Bioengineering. He was also the Co-Director of the Retinal Engineering Center at the Institute of Engineering in Medicine.

He joined UC San Diego as a member of the faculty in 2003. Dr. Silva earned his PhD in bioengineering and neurophysiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute for BioNanotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University.

“We are thrilled to work with Dr. Silva to further strengthen the alwaysAI platform,” added Beard. “This collaboration will allow us to harness the extraordinary academic and engineering talent in San Diego to create practical computer vision applications that drive incredible value to our customers.”

Within the next five years, alwaysAI shared that it aims to become the top of computer vision technology and expertise to enterprises worldwide.  Computer vision is the fastest-growing segment of AI and one of the most practical,” added Beard. “Because it delivers real-time visual data, enterprises can change, adapt, and manage operational issues as they happen. Streamlining processes directly results in cutting costs, eliminating unnecessary waste, and boosting productivity.”

alwaysAI

FOUNDED: 2018
CO-FOUNDER & CEO: Marty Beard
HEADQUARTERS: Cardiff
EMPLOYEES: 25
BUSINESS: AI
VALUATION: undisclosed
WEBSITE: alwaysAI.co
CONTACT: kathleen.siddell@alwaysAI.co
NOTABLE: In 2022, alwaysAI partnered with John Abbamondi, former CEO of BSE Global, the parent company of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, to bring the power of computer vision to the sports and entertainment industry.

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