From DroneBlog: Meet the Young CTO Taking AI By Storm

Anouk Visser isn’t a typical grad student at the University of Amsterdam. At age 24, Anouk is already managing her second successful startup as the Chief Technology Officer for Birds.ai. She’s also a fellow of the prestigious Kairos Society, on the board of DutchUAS, and nominated for the VIVA 400 Award for entrepreneurial and inspiring women. Anouk’s success in machine learning almost wasn’t. She was originally interested in Computer Science, but said “luckily I visited an information session about the AI Bachelor and thought the subfield of Natural Language Processing would be the best choice for me. That was wrong again, but it put me on the right track!” At Birds.ai, Anouk and her team have built technology that identifies specific objects from aerial imagery, and automatically measures, tracks, and reports their progress. Agriculture and inspection industries have been identified as the first likely customers, but Birds.ai won’t stop there. […]

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We’ve Been Chosen to Demo at CES 2017!

The Birds.ai team is flying to Las Vegas this January to showcase a live demonstration of our computer vision software at CES 2017. Our demonstration will be part of the Holland Startup Pavilion, a new effort by the Dutch government to showcase the country’s most innovative companies. Our CEO Camiel is looking forward to “finding new partnerships in the inspection industry, such as using our software to manage wind turbine farms, solar farms, or power lines. We also hope to build new partnerships with drone and satellite companies to see how our technology can leverage their services.” Camiel added, “We’re excited to be part of the Holland Pavilion, to strengthen our relationships with other Dutch startups working in the same industry, like ClearFlight Solutions and Delft Robotics.” Our recent demonstration at TechCrunch DisruptSF generated a swell of attention from both established technology companies as well as new drone startups. We’re looking […]

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Join Birds.ai’s Quest for World Domination

Are you: Constantly hacking new tools? A wizard with computer vision algorithms? Experienced at maintaining cloud infrastructure?   We’re looking to fill three new positions on our close and dynamic team.  As an AI hacker, AI researcher, or infrastructure engineer, you will have an office in the robotics hub of the Netherlands, a competitive salary, and the chance to work with the coolest people on earth. Our cloud-based computer vision software helps clients in the agriculture and inspection industries to track, manage, and measure their assets.  We have huge opportunities ahead, but need to bolster our team in order to truly take advantage of them. If you’re up to the challenge, send your résumé and a short motivational letter to pieter@birds.ai. If you have any questions, feel free to send an email, call Pieter at +31 (0)15 760 16 11, or join one of our weekly Friday after work drinks in our office garden.  

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Vote for our CTO As Your Favorite VIVA400 Woman!

It’s no surprise to us that our AI wizard and CTO Anouk Visser has been nominated for the VIVA400 awards under the Knappe Koppen category!  The VIVA400 awards focus on entrepreneurial, inspiring, and ambitious women. Anouk is on a serious roll, after recently presenting at 2 major conferences – GTC Europe and TedXAmsterdamWomen.  GTC Europe is the premier conference for GPU technology and attracts nearly 2,000 attendees interested in learning how AI can be applied in different industries. TEDxAmsterdamWomen focuses on the unique way in which women contribute to global change and thus reshape the future. Anouk did so well in her presentation, in fact, that she was one of three women invited to pitch at the final  event. Vote for Anouk by heading over to VIVA400.  And, don’t miss another accolade by following her on Twitter: @anoukvisser.

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Birds.ai is Accepted to Climate-KIC Accelerator

Birds.ai has been accepted to the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact and cleantech, the Climate-KIC Accelerator.  The Accelerator includes a 3-stage,  18-month program that helps startups to commercialize their technology, by providing coaching, resources, and knowledge. Birds.ai CTO Anouk Visser and co-founder Kitso Epema participated in a 2-day bootcamp in mid-September, and were selected to participate in the first stage after pitching their business idea. Stage 1 is focused on finding the market niche and developing a financial model. The team will now receive €5,000 and 5 coaching sessions through December. These sessions will help the team to validate their business idea. Kitso said: “The bootcamp already gave us great insights in how to think of a business idea. Of course we know we should think from the viewpoint of the customer, but it is usually difficult for us engineers to understand what that means. Now we have learned […]

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