December 2, 2016
By Claudia Torregrosa
Consistent with TandemLaunch’s support and encouragement of scientific publications by its entrepreneurs and university partners, some of the world’s most accomplished researchers are acknowledging the quality of the work accomplished by the aerial.ai team. Negar Ghourchian, Xi Chen and Michel Allegue recently had two scientific papers accepted at IEEE INFOCOM 2017 and IAAI 2017, which rank among the most competitive conferences in the world.
“Aerial.ai is applying advanced machine learning to real world problems in the home and enterprise sector. We are fortunate to work with leading AI researchers to continuously advance the technical foundation of our products and pleased that we can share some of the fundamental breakthroughs with the broader AI community”, Michel explains.
After completing a PhD at Universidad de Sevilla and working on a joint project between University College Dublin (UCD) and the European Space Agency (ESA), Michel joined TandemLaunch and co-founded aerial.ai, a startup that uses standard, existing Wi-Fi signals for user profile and activity recognition in the home and enterprise.
Negar and Xi later joined the team as Research Scientists through the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Program. Supervised by Dr. Doina Precup from McGill’s Reasoning and Learning Lab, Negar successfully defended her PhD thesis mid-November and is now joining aerial.ai as a full-time team member. Xi is a PhD candidate whose thesis is under the supervision of Dr. Xue (Steve) Liu from the McGill’s Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory (CPS Lab). Both supervisors are also co-authors of the papers.
The IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2017) is a top ranked conference in computer and data communications networks. Over the past five years, the acceptance rate has been under 20%. It will be held from May 1 to 4, 2017 in Atlanta.
“While we’re solving very practical issues with our technology, the fact that we’re being published in this conference points to the very strong scientific foundations of our work”, Xi indicates.
The Innovative Applications on Artificial Intelligence (IAAI 2017) has an acceptance rate close to only 25% over the past 5 years. The conference will take place in San Francisco from February 4 to 9, 2017.
“The paper describes the potential of our technology to solve real world problems and we hope that it will introduce our solution for creating smart indoor spaces to the AI community”, Negar describes.
In the meanwhile, Negar is heading to Barcelona on Monday December 5 to present her poster “Semi-supervised Approach for Passive Indoor Localization using Wifi Signals”, at the Women in Machine Learning (WiML) workshop, part of the Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NIPS 2017).
We are extremely proud of the work Negar, Xi and Michel are accomplishing: Congratulations to all of them and to their supportive team!