SOURCE: Maluuba


March 29, 2016 11:00 ET

Maluuba Opens Deep Learning R&D Research Lab

Partnerships With Dr. Yoshua Bengio, Dr. Richard Sutton and the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms Will Further NLU and AI Efforts

WATERLOO, ON--(Marketwired - Mar 29, 2016) - Maluuba, a deep-learning company helping machines think, reason and communicate with human-like intelligence, today announced it has opened an R&D lab in Montreal. As part of the labs, Maluuba has partnered with machine learning and neural computation expert, Yoshua Bengio from the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) and reinforcement learning expert Richard Sutton from the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning, to further Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and artificial intelligence (AI) advances.

The research lab, staffed by 13 deep learning research scientists, is led by Maluuba's CTO, Kaheer Suleman, an information retrieval and artificial intelligence expert. With a focus on the development of proprietary algorithms to solve language problems, Maluuba's goal is to build the world's most advanced research facility in deep learning and AI.

"While we're closer to the goal of getting machines to exercise reasoning and understand conversational language, we still have a long way to go," said Yoshua Bengio. "Maluuba has made great strides with its contributions to the field of machine learning and NLP. Their long-term vision and focus on truly perfecting the methodology is refreshing and makes me confident that we'll see exciting tech and research advancements from them this year."

Currently, Maluuba is focused on two research streams within machine learning -- dialogue and machine reading -- and has achieved the highest performance by an existing system when tested against external performance tests:

  • 80 percent accuracy on the MCTest (which uses word-matching techniques); 8 percent higher than the existing benchmark of 72 percent
  • 83 percent accuracy on DSTC2 (which uses deep learning techniques); 3 percent higher than the existing benchmark of 80 percent

"For a computer to understand humans speaking in natural language and respond appropriately, it needs to capture and represent a large amount of knowledge that is not just words, but also common sense and context about the topic being discussed by the human," said Sam Pasupalak, cofounder & CEO of Maluuba. "Maluuba is working with leading experts and the world's premiere academic center for deep learning to design systems that can represent knowledge and answer questions in natural language. The potential applications of this research are staggering."

Maluuba is an early leader in using deep reinforcement learning to solve language-understanding problems and in training machines to model decision-making capabilities of the human brain. The company currently enables interactive natural language and conversational dialogue experiences in over 50 million smart devices globally including IoT, mobile phones and smart TVs. Supporting more than 10 languages, Maluuba provides its technology for several industry OEMs including LG.

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About Maluuba
Maluuba Inc. is a global, natural language understanding company founded in 2011. The company's goal is to create a world where intelligent machines work hand-in-hand with humans to advance the collective intelligence of the human species. Maluuba's natural language technology has been deployed across more than 50 million devices in the smart phone, smart TV and IoT industries in over 10 languages. Maluuba's engineering and customer operations are located in Waterloo, Ontario, with a research office in Montreal dedicated to solving fundamental problems in language understanding for innovative products that will further advance AI systems. For more information, visit:

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