Friday, August 19, 2016

Daphne Koller Bids Farewell to Coursera, Hello to Calico - Andrew Rikard, edSurge

Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller has ridden the MOOC craze as the company’s CEO and later president. Now Koller is returning to her background in machine-learning research. Yesterday, Koller announced she’s leaving the company to join Calico, a Google-funded research and development company that focuses on slowing aging and counteracting age‑related diseases. “It is time for me to turn to another critical challenge—the development of machine learning and its application to improving human health,” Koller wrote in an Aug. 17 blog post. “This field has been a passion of mine since 2001, when I first started working on it at Stanford.” At Calico, Koller will serve as the company’s chief computing officer, leading teams developing new computational methods for analyzing biological data sets.

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