Anouk Visser isn’t a typical grad student at the University of Amsterdam. At age 24, Anouk is already managing her second successful startup as the Chief Technology Officer for Birds.ai. She’s also a fellow of the prestigious Kairos Society, on the board of DutchUAS, and nominated for the VIVA 400 Award for entrepreneurial and inspiring women.
Anouk’s success in machine learning almost wasn’t. She was originally interested in Computer Science, but said “luckily I visited an information session about the AI Bachelor and thought the subfield of Natural Language Processing would be the best choice for me. That was wrong again, but it put me on the right track!”
At Birds.ai, Anouk and her team have built technology that identifies specific objects from aerial imagery, and automatically measures, tracks, and reports their progress. Agriculture and inspection industries have been identified as the first likely customers, but Birds.ai won’t stop there.
Anouk explained, “Our technology learns to detect whatever we want it to detect. This allows us to quickly enter different markets very easily.”
Lately, though, Anouk has been on the stage as often as she’s been behind the computer. She recently presented at GTC, where she said she took to heart a quote by Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA.
“He said, ‘Deep learning is not going to be an industry. It’s going to be in every industry.’ That’s definitely true and became clear at GTC EU again,” Anouk said. “AI is here to stay.”
Anouk also presented at at TedXAmsterdamWomen earlier this month, beating out 6 other applicants to move on to the final round. This Friday, Anouk will present as one of three finalists for TedXAmsterdamWomen. If she wins, she will receive coaching for legal, financial, and marketing issues, a membership at TQ, and a TomTom watch.
TedXAmsterdamWomen starts at 3:00pm on Friday. Tickets are sold out, but you can watch Anouk’s presentation through the livestream here.
By Melanie Goggins