University of Oxford spin-out Mind Foundry debuts machine learning platform that transforms business problem owners into citizen data scientists

Mind Foundry, a technology spin-out from the University of Oxford’s Machine Learning Research Group (MLRG), announced commercial launch of a humanised machine learning platform. The cloud-based platform allows anyone, of any technical ability and in any size of organisation, to swiftly unlock the full value of ever increasing volumes of data to make decisions on complex business issues without the need for data scientists.

The platform was developed through work with some large investment firms, telecommunications providers, manufacturers and heavy industry companies. Organisations can proactively solve business problems by easily leveraging the predictive power of their existing data.

The platform automatically builds appropriate machine learning solutions for business problems in minutes or hours, rather than weeks or months, and provides full transparency and auditability of solutions.

Problem owners are guided through simple steps to develop and deploy models. Along the way, the platform gives guidance and advice to enable continuous improvements, discovery of actionable insights and a complete understanding of machine learning derived results.

Mind Foundry is enabling anyone, of any technical ability, to solve their business problems using machine learning. Founded in 2015 by Stephen Roberts and Mike Osborne, two leading minds in machine learning – it is a portfolio company of the University of Oxford and key investors Oxford Sciences Innovations and Parkwalk Advisors. Its aim is to make machine learning more accessible and enable the rise of ‘citizen data scientists’.

Mind Foundry recently appointed Paul Reader to spearhead the launch of the new platform. Paul Reader is bringing a wealth of go-to-market strategy execution experience gained from working as a consultant and an executive with other SaaS software start-ups to make Mind Foundry’s advanced machine learning capabilities accessible to a wide range of business users across functional departments and spanning a number of industries such as finance, telecommunications and life sciences.

“This launch is the culmination of years of hard work and commercial development from our world-class team of machine learning researchers and software engineers,” said Prof. Stephen Roberts, co-founder and chief scientific advisor, Mind Foundry. “At a time when data science skills are in short supply, Mind Foundry aims to create 1,000 ‘citizen data scientists’ by 2020 and ensure humans are always ‘in the loop’ when it comes to machine learning.”

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