June 2017

Bitville has launched a Tekes-funded AI research project

Bitville has launched a major research project to investigate various alternatives about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be harnessed to assist in human learning. The research project is funded partly by Tekes, and it belongs to the Team Finland Augmented Intelligence campaign. Tekes is a governmental expert organization for funding research, development and innovation in Finland.

The length of the project is six months, and will be conducted by Bitville's AI team.

The solutions will be based on deep neural networks, also known as "deep learning". The research project focuses on:

  • Evaluating the course quality through automated analysis of textual feedback received from the students
  • Automated assessment of the learner's skills by analyzing the student interactions with the learning content
  • Automated assessment of written essays by using memory augmented neural networks

The combination of these three applications will potentially provide unprecedented tools for evaluating the learning program quality, value and learner skills. The solutions described above will use a wide array of deep learning technologies including recurrent neural networks and memory augmented neural networks.

The development and simulations are performed by using the TensorFlow deep learning software library, which is currently the state-of-the-art tool for developing and analyzing the deep neural networks. The research project is headed by Antti Keurulainen, who has recently completed his licentiate research in this field at Aalto University.

The deep neural networks have already shown their capabilities in many fields, such as in computer vision and natural language processing. Furthermore, there has been considerable development in generative models and machine reasoning. The artificial intelligence technology is already applied in many industries, and this development is expected to further accelerate in the future. Bitville believes that emerging AI technologies will add value and will be incorporated in many learning solutions in near future.

"This is an excellent moment to invest in artificial intelligence technologies and to study the feasibility for applications that support human learning. Bitville has a long tradition of implementing various digital solutions and training solutions for our customers, and AI is a natural progression of Bitville's competencies. With a background of several years of AI research, Bitville is already now well-equipped to apply these technologies. Bitville's people are already teaching deep learning technologies in various forums, such as in the Aalto University", says Jouko Ranta, CEO of Bitville.

For more information, please contact:

Antti Keurulainen

AI Project Leadantti.keurulainen@bitville.com
+358 40 5800 802