UT Dallas Partners with CauseBot on Worldwide AI Competition

Text size: campus July 31, 2017 The CauseBot team includes (from left) Todd Alsup, chief marketing officer at CauseBot; UT Dallas biomedical engineering senior Michael Carlson; Ken Koo, founder and CEO of CauseBot; and UT Dallas alumni Adrian Armaselu BS’16 and Jimmy Hester BS’16. The University of Texas at Dallas is teaming up with CauseBot, an artificial intelligence software company based in Frisco, Texas, to compete in a worldwide AI challenge sponsored by IBM. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a three-year global competition with $5 million in total prizes. Its goal is to accelerate the innovation and adoption of AI solutions that can scale to address massive societal challenges. CauseBot, a software company creating next-generation funding solutions for nonprofits, is one of 146 accepted teams from 22 nations, and the only competitor from Texas. Its relationship with UT Dallas began in 2016 when the company commissioned an AI project on machine learning from UTDesign, the senior capstone program that pairs industry with seniors in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. “I feel very fortunate to be working on next-generation technology that also has the ability to positively impact the world.” Jimmy Hester BS’16 Jimmy Hester BS’16, one…


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