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21 May 2019

Mila Democratizes Deep Learning with AI-Powered Tutors

With the help of many Mila professors, Korbit releases the world’s first free online deep learning course powered by a deep learning tutor.

Artificial intelligence is transforming many industries at an incredible pace. Education, however, has some catching up to do. In 2017, Iulian Vlad Serban, a PhD candidate at Mila working with professor Yoshua Bengio, Aaron Courville and Joelle Pineau on natural language processing (NLP) and reinforcement learning (RL), decided to apply his research with the hope of democratizing education using AI-powered tutors. Joined by his co-founders Ansona Onyi Ching (a former teacher) and Ekaterina Kochmar (a senior research associate at Cambridge University), Mr. Serban launched Montreal-based startup Korbit.

After more than two years of development, Korbit is now launching the world’s first deep learning course taught by an interactive deep learning tutor. The online course is a four-week-long introduction to machine learning and deep learning, featuring lectures from Mila professors Yoshua Bengio, Laurent Charlin, Audrey Durand and Aaron Courville, and includes over 100 interactive exercises (question-answering exercises, drag-and-drop exercises and mathematical problems).

The deep learning tutor Korbi guides students through the course with a problem-solving approach and offers them different exercises, hints and visual diagrams based on their individual level of understanding and unique learning profile. The course is free and available for everyone at:

“Mila is proud to be collaborating with Korbit in order to transform and democratize education on a worldwide scale, says Valérie Pisano, CEO of Mila. Training the next generation of engineers and researchers in deep learning is an integral part of Mila’s long-term mission, and it is an important step forward in promoting worldwide social equality and development.“