PALO ALTO, CA—Landing AI, which provides software for building and deploying AI solutions in manufacturing, has announced that machine vision expert David L. Dechow is joining the expanding Landing AI team as VP of Outreach and Vision Technology.
Dechow is widely recognized within the machine vision industry as a thought leader and expert in the application and integration of machine vision and related advanced automation technologies. Landing AI expects Dechow’s more than 35 years of experience in this field to further enhance the company's mission of bringing the benefits of deep learning-based inspection to all industries including electronics, automotive, and medical devices.
"We're thrilled to have David join Landing AI and bring his hands-on expertise to helping manufacturers use cutting-edge deep learning," says Andrew Ng, Founder & CEO of Landing AI. "The next era of AI is one in which companies in all industries access the benefits of AI. David's deep knowledge of machine vision and automation will help us get there."
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Machine vision is projected to become a $13 billion global industry that's used in everything from the inspection of food products to quality verification in the assembly of batteries for electric vehicles. The evolution of AI and deep learning is changing the software part of machine vision and, when applied correctly, can make machine vision tools more efficient and productive.
Consumer tech companies like Google and Facebook pioneered the first era of AI with huge consumer datasets feeding AI engines. With Landing AI's data-centric approach, the application of deep learning no longer depends on big data but on the data that entities actually have, in many cases even when the amount of available data is limited.
"Adoption of deep learning for machine vision applications has been somewhat slow because of practical problems including the challenges of online imaging and, most importantly, the potentially small datasets that deep learning technology could not handle," says Dechow. "But, Landing AI's technology makes cutting-edge deep learning work for automated inspection , and I look forward to helping bring these benefits to all manufacturers."
"The combination of AI and machine vision will hasten the growth of the Industrial IoT," says Scott MacDonald, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of McRock Capital, Landing AI's lead investor. "There's no limit to what innovative companies can do when great visions, minds, and technologies come together as they are at Landing AI."
Dechow comes to Landing AI from Integro Technologies, where he was principal vision systems architect. In addition to his hands-on work with vision technologies, he is well-known for his many educational Webcasts, articles, and conference sessions covering topics in machine vision and industrial systems integration. Dechow is a contributing editor for Vision Systems Design and a member of the brand’s editorial advisory board. He is also a member of the A3 Vision & Imaging Technical Advisory Board and the A3 Vision & Imaging Education Committee.