Yahoo! and Carnegie Mellon Partner of $10M Machine Learning Initiative


Deborah Todd of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, "An initiative to use Yahoo's data and Carnegie Mellon University's brain trust to build the smartphone apps of the future has launched with a multimillion-dollar jump start. Project InMind -- a five-year, $10 million partnership between CMU and multinational Internet corporation Yahoo Inc. -- gives university researchers access to a "mobile toolkit" of Yahoo's real-time data services and its infrastructure in order to advance machine learning and personalization of smartphone apps. Once new experimental mobile products are created, students and faculty on campus will be able to opt in as alpha testers. The goal is to create customized services able to anticipate users' needs and interests on an ongoing basis, whether a user is at home playing video games or navigating the streets of a foreign country."


Todd continues, "Under the new arrangement, a Yahoo-sponsored fellowship program for CMU students and faculty will support research in machine learning, mobile technologies, human computer interaction, personalization, novel interaction techniques and natural language processing. Yahoo fellows would receive financial support annually and ongoing mentoring through Yahoo Labs and from CMU faculty. The partnership gives Carnegie Mellon default ownership of any intellectual property created at the university, with Yahoo retaining the option to license it. Any intellectual property developed at Yahoo will belong to the company, said Yahoo representative Lauren Whitehouse. The mobile toolkit, described as a 'living laboratory for researchers' in a CMU press release, will serve as a test space for machine learning algorithms designed to pick up on what's useful to users at a given time."


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