Enhancing experiences with artificial intelligence – Anand Chandrasekaran, Mad Street Den

mad_street“We’re here to make machines more useful by making them a bit more human: fun, intelligent and relevant. They will sense as babies, observe and play as youngsters, learn and change with you as they grow older.” Thus reads the vision of Mad Street Den.

The company’s co-founder and CEO, Anand Chandrasekaran, says that his

AI (artificial intelligence) startup delivers intelligence as a cloud-based stack for customers to incorporate in their applications, rather than their having to develop the algorithms they need. There are very few consumer applications that use AI, and Mad Street Den aims to make intelligence available to the world, he adds.

Three experiences

Mad Street Den promises to deliver three categories of experiences, viz. fun & play, usefulness & convenience, and helpful & revealing. “Someday in the near future, we hope to bring everyday objects to life, not just the devices we use today,” the site notes.

Anand

In Stanford University, as Post Doctoral Scholar, Anand was member of the team that built Neurogrid, a Neuromorphic system that simulates a million neurons in real-time. He also designed and simulated an axon router chip, capable of demonstrating structural plasticity in addition to synaptic plasticity.

Prior to co-founding his own startup, Anand worked as Research Scientist in Evolved Machines, Inc., developing neural algorithms capable of solving real-world sensory classification problems; and as consultant in Zort Technologies, serving the broad software development needs of clients with a particular emphasis on technical computing in the realms of pattern recognition and machine learning.

You can meet Anand at TechSparks on October 5, 2013.