Founding CEO of Automated Insights to Strengthen Operations, Accelerate Growth, and Oversee Hiring Initiative to Meet Enormous Business Demand
DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 29, 2017 — Infinia ML, an advanced machine learning company that delivers transformative automation solutions and predictive analytics to Fortune 500 businesses, announced today the appointment of Robbie Allen as Chief Executive Officer. Allen rounds out a founding team of AI experts with experience across a range of industries including healthcare, security, and business process automation. Leveraging top machine learning luminary Dr. Lawrence Carin, the Duke University Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and $10 million in funding from noted private equity firm Carrick Capital Partners, Allen will accelerate the business with aggressive hiring plans.
“Due to the global shortage of people that understand complex machine learning techniques such as deep learning, nearly every large enterprise has a backlog of opportunity for our automation and predictive solutions,” said Allen. “Most top machine learning teams are part of west coast companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Infinia ML provides a new option for technical talent looking to work with leading ML experts in an affordable area with a high quality of living.”
Earlier in his career Allen founded and ran the first natural language generation company, Automated Insights, which Vista Equity Partners acquired in 2015. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco and author of several technical books. Allen has a bachelor of science in computer science from East Carolina University, two Master’s degrees from MIT, and has been pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence at the University of North Carolina.
“Robbie combines a proven operations background with a deep technical understanding of AI, machine learning, and neural networks. His experiences, which include growing a company in the AI space from the ground up, are exactly what our team needs to meet market demand and serve our rapidly growing client base including enterprise and Fortune 500 companies,” said Lawrence Carin, Infinia ML chief scientist.
“Because of the caliber of Lawrence and the company’s core nucleus of machine learning experts, Infinia ML is in a unique position to attract and train technical experts interested in learning about ML. This is a critical differentiator. Unlike most companies that are limited by the shortage of senior engineers with AI and ML experience, we can leverage our team’s expertise to train our workforce,” Allen explained. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with Lawrence and build a leading machine learning company,” he added.
About Infinia ML
Infinia ML empowers companies to make smarter decisions and automate complex business processes by leveraging the latest breakthroughs in machine learning. Infinia ML has a team of leading AI researchers and deep learning experts that have published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers through top machine learning conferences and journals. The Durham, North Carolina company is led by CEO Robbie Allen, an experienced AI entrepreneur, and Chief Scientist Lawrence Carin, Ph.D., the Duke University Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.