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Friday, May 4, 2012

Two Pinoys beat 160,000 students worldwide in online Artificial Intelligence course

Two Filipino software engineers -- Tommy Lim Jr. and Jesu Petar Maglutac -- beat nearly 160,000 students worlwide in a free Stanford University-style Artificial Intelligence (AI) class.

According to a press release of Orange & Bronze Software (O&B) Labs to Yahoo! Southeast Asia, Lim had a grade of 98%, finishing at the top 10% of the class, while Maglutac received a grade of 87%.

Lim, 47, was a former professor at the De La Salle University. He has been a senior software engineer at O&B for almost five years.

O&B is a Filipino software development firm known as a Google Enterprise partner in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Maglutac, 21, recently resigned from O&B as associate software engineer. He transferred to Acuity Technologies, Inc. as senior developer.
The 11-week course, which kicked off in October last year. teaches the basics of AI, such as machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, robotics, and natural language processing.

The class was handled by Google Director of Research Peter Norvig and Google Fellow Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford research professor of computer science.
O&B noted that a class in Stanford University can cost up to $8,000 or Php 338,400. -- VVP, GMA News

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