News  |  ,   |  April 29, 2017

Uptake Donates $1 Million for “Machine Learning for Good”

News article by Byron Spice.
Published in Carnegie Mellon University News.

Fund Supports CMU Initiatives in Public Health, Education, Economic Development.

Uptake, a Chicago-based predictive analytics software company, has made a $1 million gift to Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science to establish a new fund for faculty and student projects, called Machine Learning for Social Good.

The fund, overseen by Roni Rosenfeld, professor of machine learning and language technologies, will provide opportunities for faculty and students to apply their expertise in data science and machine learning to initiatives that benefit the public sector.

“Social enterprises are tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges — things like combating human trafficking, improving access to education and fighting crime in city neighborhoods,” said Uptake CEO Brad Keywell. “Data driven insights can provide solutions to each of these complex, systemic issues. By providing advanced data science resources and machine learning tools to these organizations, we’re empowering them to take more informed actions to expand their ability to create impact for social good.” [ . . . ]