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Intel and Udacity launch new programme to train up to one million AI developers

By Ken Wong - on 20 Apr 2020, 4:25pm

Intel and Udacity launch new programme to train up to one million AI developers

Image courtesy of Intel

One million developers! That is the goal of a new Edge AI programme jointly launched by Intel and Udacity.

With a mouthful of a name, the Intel Edge AI for IoT Developers Nanodegree Program (whew!), they believe that the deployment and development of AI will be faster the more we have qualified professionals with the right skills.

The global edge computing market is forecast to reach US$1.12 trillion by 2023. Unfortunately, Intel feels the current workforce isn’t equipped with the right skills to address industry demands.

Jonathan Ballon, Intel vice president and general manager, Internet of Things Group said:

Historically, students have learned how to build and deploy deep learning models for the cloud. With Udacity, we are training AI developers to go where the data is generated in the physical world: the edge. Optimizing direct deployment of models on edge devices requires knowledge of unique constraints like power, network bandwidth and latency, varying compute architectures and more. The skills this course delivers will allow developers – and companies that hire them – to implement learnings on real-world applications across a variety of fields.


How It Works

This is why Intel collaborated with Udacity to create the Intel Edge AI for IoT Developers Nanodegree Program.

Students will have the opportunity to complete three real-world projects, each reviewed and approved by Udacity’s reviewer network.

Students who take the three-month course will be taught deep learning and computer vision based on convolutional neural networks (CNN) using Intel’s Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit. Those who complete the nanodegree program, will receive a Udacity graduation certificate and have some practical skills in delivering AI at the edge.

For those who can’t commit to the full nanodegree program, there a free subset of the content from the program. This course does not include projects or technical mentor support, but it offers in-depth knowledge on how to develop AI solutions for the edge.

Image courtesy of Intel


Why It Matters

Huawei also opened an AI lab in Singapore end of 2019 to also deal with the skills gap and to work with partners to develop industry-specific solutions.  

As industries like manufacturing, retail, healthcare and others increasingly develop computer vision and AI at the edge solutions for accurate and real-time insights, making sure the workforce has relevant skills to address the demands of these industries has become imperative.

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