This Week in Machine Learning, 15 July 2016

This week’s top Machine Learning stories, including smarter self-driving cars, better autism detection, stronger power grids, and more!

Machine Learning is one of the most exciting fields in the world. Every week we discover something new, something amazing, something revolutionary. It’s incredible, but it can also be overwhelming. That’s why we created This Week in Machine Learning! Each week we publish a curated list of Machine Learning stories as a resource to help you keep pace with all these exciting developments. New posts will be published here first, and previous posts are archived on the Udacity blog.

Whether you’re currently enrolled in our Machine Learning Nanodegree program, already working in the field, or just pursuing a burgeoning interest in the subject, there will always be something here to inspire you!


UK-based FiveAI receives a $2.7 million round of funding to build new AI for self-driving cars, promising a more autonomous approach less reliant on pre-made maps.


Researchers in Germany examine whether machine learning and big data analytics can be used to create more usable sources of renewable energy for the power grid.


Researchers from several institutions apply machine learning to the output of early diagnostic tests to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of autism detection.


ZenDesk releases Automatic Answers, allowing businesses to generate automated replies to customer emails instead of requiring human technical support for routine questions.


eBay acquires SalesPredict, a predictive analytics firm and eBay’s second machine learning acquisition in two months, to better match products to potential buyers.


WEX, a provider of payment systems used by commercial shipping firms, uses machine learning to detect fuel waste and fraud among truck drivers.