Numenta Newsletter — January 07, 2016
As we look forward to a bright 2016 here at Numenta, I thought I’d pause and
review the highlights of 2015. From advancing our research to expanding our
community, we had many accomplishments that laid the groundwork for significant
progress going forward. I’d like to share four highlights:
In 2015, we signed up two key strategic partners:
Avik Partners. In May, we
announced our Cortical.io partnership,
which focuses on advancing natural language processing (NLP). We believe that
the combination of our HTM technology and Cortical’s Semantic Folding
technology provides new possibilities to understanding text. Co-founder
Francisco Webber has been a long-time supporter of Numenta. We look forward to
continued collaboration with him and his team.
In August, we
announced our partnership with Avik Partners,
an IT services and advanced analytics startup to whom we transferred our Grok
application. In a short time, Avik CEO Casey Kindiger launched a
commercial application to use Grok to
monitor IT infrastructure. This partnership is a great example of our
“technology transfer” business model where other companies complete and
commercialize our example applications.
We can’t wait to see exciting results from Cortical.io and Avik Partners, and
I hope to share news of additional partnerships with you in the coming year.
We also released the
Numenta Anomaly Benchmark (NAB),
which was two years in the making. We believe NAB offers the definitive way
to assess the performance of algorithms for detecting anomalies in streaming
data. We presented NAB v1.0 at two conferences and continue to get positive
feedback supporting the need for this benchmark. The launch was just the
beginning for NAB. We are actively working to collect additional data sources
and publish additional algorithm results to incorporate in the next version.
Stay tuned for details on a NAB competition we are running this year in
conjunction with the
IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence.
This year also was a great year for our growing NuPIC
community, which received a Top 3 ranking in a KDNuggets report on the
Top 20 Python Machine Learning Open Source Projects.
We increased the number of NuPIC followers by 750, put more of our technology
into open source, and had two hackathons that demonstrated the
broad applicability of HTM applications.
I encourage you to
view the videos
from our most recent hackathon.
Perhaps one of the most exciting achievements of 2015 was the progress toward
a goal that we set at the beginning of the year: to
publish major papers about our work. We have several papers
undergoing peer review, which we’ve made available pre-publication on arxiv, an
academic archive. I hope to be sharing news of publication over the coming
months, but in the meantime, you can find all our papers
As we kick off 2016, I am excited for what’s in store. We are working to make
Numenta technology even more accessible. We have several events and publications
planned. And we will remain dedicated to driving the creation of machine
intelligence through neocortical principles.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year.