The Leela Story

Leela AI has developed an AI that understands the world in a more humanistic way than typical deep learning platforms. Based on technology from the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, Leela Platform uses a dynamic combination of artificial neural networks and symbol networks. This hybrid causal/neural network is unique in its ability to reason about and explain what it is sensing and doing.

The Leela AI team is applying Leela Platform toward beneficial applications with respect for privacy, starting with video intelligence to improve productivity and safety in manufacturing. Leela can automatically identify and understand manufacturing processes while using 100x less data and 10x less time than typical analytics solutions.

Leela’s co-founders met as students at MIT. They bring to the company extensive technical and business experience in AI, natural language, computer science, and manufacturing. Based in Newton, Mass., Leela AI expects to expand its team in the coming months. All of the jobs are remote, work-at-home positions.
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The Team


Henry Minsky


Henry is the driving force behind the core Leela AI software. He worked on computer vision systems at the MIT AI Lab and on distributed location-based services and wearable sensor networks NTT DoCoMo. Most recently he worked at Google’s Nest Labs. (BSc. MSc. MIT)


Dr. Cyrus Shaoul


Cyrus is an entrepreneur and computational neuroscientist with expertise in computational cognitive modeling. Cyrus was co-founder and CTO of Digital Garage, which he led from a start-up to a successful IPO. (BSc. MIT, PhD U Alberta)


Dr. Milan Singh Minsky


Milan brings extensive experience in venture backed technology startups. She worked at HP/Agilent Labs, co-founded UV-C LED startup RayVio, and has played a key role in multiple hardware/manufacturing startups. (BSc.MSc. MBA MIT, PhD UCSB)


Sheung Li

VP Applications

Sheung has led product and marketing at multiple startups and is an expert in using machine vision in manufacturing. (BSc. MIT, MSc MBA Stanford)


Dr. Steve Kommrusch

Senior AI Research Scientist

Steve is an expert on the application of deep learning to hard problems in AI. He has led CPU and chip design at AMD, National Semiconductor, and HP. (BSc U Illinois, MSc MIT, PhD CSU)



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