NVIDIA Expands Deep Learning Institute
November 01, 2017
has made a broad expansion of its Deep Learning Institute (DLI),
which is training tens of thousands of students, developers and
data scientists with critical skills needed to apply artificial
The expansion includes:
•New partnerships with Booz Allen Hamilton and deeplearning.ai
to train thousands of students, developers and government
specialists in AI.
•New University Ambassador Program enables instructors worldwide
to teach students critical job skills and practical applications
of AI at no cost.
•New courses designed to teach domain-specific applications of
deep learning for finance, natural language processing,
robotics, video analytics and self-driving cars.
“The world faces an acute shortage of data scientists and
developers who are proficient in deep learning, and we’re
focused on addressing that need,” said Greg Estes, vice
president of Developer Programs at NVIDIA. “As part of the
company’s effort to democratize AI, the Deep Learning Institute
is enabling more developers, researchers and data scientists to
apply this powerful technology to solve difficult problems.”
DLI – which NVIDIA formed last year to provide hands-on and
online training worldwide in AI – is already working with more
than 20 partners, including Amazon Web Services, Coursera,
Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Microsoft and Udacity.
Today the company is announcing a collaboration with
deeplearning.ai, a new venture formed by AI pioneer Andrew Ng
with the mission of training AI experts across a wide range of
industries. The companies are working on new machine translation
training materials as part of Coursera’s Deep Learning
Specialization, which will be available later this month.
“AI is the new electricity, and will change almost everything we
do,” said Ng, who also helped found Coursera, and was research
chief at Baidu. “Partnering with the NVIDIA Deep Learning
Institute to develop materials for our course on sequence models
allows us to make the latest advances in deep learning available
DLI is also teaming with Booz Allen Hamilton to train employees
and government personnel, including members of the U.S. Air
Force. DLI and Booz Allen Hamilton will provide hands-on
training for data scientists to solve challenging problems in
healthcare, cybersecurity and defense.
To help teach students practical AI techniques to improve their
job skills and prepare them to take on difficult computing
challenges, the new NVIDIA University Ambassador Program
prepares college instructors to teach DLI courses to their
students at no cost. NVIDIA is already working with professors
at several universities, including Arizona State, Harvard, Hong
Kong University of Science and Technology and UCLA.
DLI is also bringing free AI training to young people through
organizations like AI4ALL, a nonprofit organization that works
to increase diversity and inclusion. AI4ALL gives high school
students early exposure to AI, mentors and career development.
“NVIDIA is helping to amplify and extend our work that enables
young people to learn technical skills, get exposure to career
opportunities in AI and use the technology in ways that
positively impact their communities,” said Tess Posner,
executive director at AI4ALL.
In addition, DLI is expanding the range of its training content
project-based curriculum to train Udacity's Self-Driving Car
Engineer Nanodegree students in advanced deep learning
techniques as well as upcoming new projects to help students
create deep learning applications in the robotics field around
•New AI hands-on training labs in natural language processing,
intelligent video analytics and financial trading.
•A full-day self-driving car workshop, “Perception for
Autonomous Vehicles,” available later this month. Students will
learn how to integrate input from visual sensors and implement
perception through training, optimization and deployment of a
To increase availability of AI training worldwide, DLI recently
signed new training delivery partnerships with Skyline ATS in
the U.S., Boston in the U.K. and Emmersive in India.