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Anyline Announces AI Research Partnership with Johannes Kepler University Linz


We are delighted to announce a new AI research partnership with the Institute of Machine Learning of Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Together, we will fund a three-year doctoral program, which will bring together the expertise of JKU and the R&D capabilities of Anyline to drive AI research forward.

The project will be led by the eminent Professor Dr. Sepp Hochreiter, known for his invention of ‘long short-term memory’ (LSTM) and widely considered one of the ‘fathers of deep learning’. We are truly honored to have the opportunity to work with Prof. Hochreiter and excited to begin this project with his team in the new academic year.

A central focus of the research will be the topic of ‘few shot learning’, a method by which neural networks can be trained on a very limited set of data points. It is predicted that such developments could soon revolutionize how computers ‘learn to learn’.

“We’re at a time of great possibility in the field of AI research, and Europe needs to launch ambitious projects in order to keep pace internationally. The exciting cooperation with Anyline will enable us to open up numerous new fields of research.

This project comes at a time when the need for AI-powered digital solutions has never been greater. The current coronavirus pandemic has significantly increased the demand for ‘contactless’ technology which can be used in countless scenarios, for example, as part of COVID-19 testing, for providing humanitarian aid, enabling logistics companies to keep supply chains moving, and helping police in their daily work.

“Until now, I think we have only scratched the surface of what is possible with mobile data capture. By working with Prof. Hochreiter and his team on ‘few shot’ learning, we have the opportunity to radically simplify the creation of OCR solutions needed by businesses today.”

Additional Funding for the Anyline Trainer

We can also announce today that we have received additional research funding through the Austrian Research Promotion Agency for the Anyline Trainer. This is a game-changing tool that will make AI accessible to all, and enable us to reduce the time needed to make new scanning solutions from weeks to a matter of hours.

“Artificial intelligence has enormous potential and offers companies of all sizes and industries many new opportunities, solutions, and markets. When research partnerships and platforms of such a high level are established, research performance and potential become visible. And when research turns into concrete innovations and applications and has an impact, this confirms our work as a research sponsor”.


Support from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

This partnership, and research being undertaken by Anyline and JKU together, brings together the best and brightest of Austrian innovation and strengthens the country’s position as an international hub for AI research.

Recognizing the importance of this work, Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs Dr. Margarete Schramböck sent the below video message.

“Artificial intelligence is one of the key technologies of the future. Through innovative companies and research institutions, we can further expand our role in digitization and thus create new jobs in Austria. I wish the new research partnership every success in its research activities! Innovative approaches and ideas in the field of Artificial Intelligence will ensure that Austria remains competitive in this area”.

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