Building Global Partnerships at Kyndi

“We need to work with the rest of the world, as Kyndi will never own all the smart people,” says Michael Harries, CTO of Kyndi. “There are tremendous benefits in doing so. We’re a small company now, and as we grow, open innovation will become an ever larger part of our strategy for building, finding, and exploring new opportunities in natural language processing.”

As part of Kyndi’s open innovation strategy, the company has partnerships with universities and researchers across the globe.

At the University of Amsterdam, Kyndi is sponsoring a project to further develop SWI-Prolog, a logic programming language used in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics. “SWI-Prolog has unique qualities that we leverage extensively in our natural language work at Kyndi,” Harries explains. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Dr Jan Wielmaker on some really complex extensions to the language. We see this as a way to inspire new directions for the language, and of course, to give back to the community.”

At Emory University in Atlanta, Kyndi works with Jinho Choi, who oversees an open-source project called NLP4J (Natural Language Processing for JVM languages). NLP4J is extremely fast, extremely efficient, and capable of doing a range of important operations on natural language. “Professor Choi and his team are tremendously gifted, talented, high-speed super coders who are able to create NLP components that everyone can leverage,” says Harries.

In Portugal, Kyndi works with Paulo Moura, a researcher at the Center for Research in Advanced Computing Systems (CRACS). Dr Moura created Logtalk, an open-source object-oriented logic programming language. Subsuming Prolog, Logtalk provides key features for programming in the large and apply industry standard software engineering principles. Kyndi supports Paulo’s efforts in developing, maintaining, and extending Logtalk.

Kyndi has the privilege and good fortune to work with Paul Tarau, a co-founder of Kyndi from the University of North Texas. “Professor Paul Tarau works across a broad spectrum of Computer Science research fields and much of his research has focused on cross-field synergies,” says Kyndi CTO Michael Harries. “Paul did some of the early, pioneering work in applying graph theory to natural language. Which is right at the core of what Kyndi does.”

Dr Peter Wittek checks in from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain, where he is a researcher in quantum machine learning and scalable learning algorithms. Wittek literally wrote the book on quantum machine learning—He is an advisor to Kyndi and is beginning a cycle of academic collaboration with Arun Majumdar, Kyndi’s founder and chief scientist.

Says Michael Harries, “I’m excited to work with people who are expanding the frontiers of artificial intelligence. Through working with people like this, through leveraging their tools and again, giving back to the people who are creating the tools, we’re able to stand on the shoulders of the best in the world.”


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