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The Future of Education Is Powered by AI


Korbit co-founder Iulian Serban, anaward-winning researcher who completed his Phdin AI and personal assistants technology at Quebec AI Institute (Mila), University of Montreal, strongly believes that providing an Ai-powered personaliz­ed learning experience can help students to learn faster and better in a cost- effectivew­ay. Supported by renowned Canadianai expert Yoshua Bengio, Korbit is building the future of online education. Its unique intelligen­t tutors teach students through interactiv­e exercises and conversati­ons. Students complete exercises while conversing with an intelligen­t tutor online, which adapts itself to each student’s personal learning profile and provides targeted pedagogica­l interventi­ons.

The company just closed its seed round funding of over $2.1 million USD ($2.8 million cad) in September 2019. After closing the seed round, the company has quickly expanded from a team of four to a team of 12 in Canada, plus a few contractor­s from other parts of the world. Eighty-five percent of the team will be working on software developmen­t and creating online courses.

As a Canadian education technology start-up, Korbit will play animportan­t role in transformi­ng higher education in Canada and the rest of the world. The young company is targeting universiti­es and the corporate training market in a push to start generating revenue in 2020. Korbit’s core product, the unique intelligen­t tutors, can be applied to different subjects. The AI system, which is powered by deep learning, reinforcem­ent learning, and natural language processing, will be greatly improved automatica­lly through engagement with more users over time. That’s why Korbit will be able to create a series of data science courses in 2020— because the system behind it has been running and being tested by more than 3,000 real-world users for almost a year already. In the long run, Korbit’s AI system will allowthe company to bring personaliz­ed, high- quality education to everyone in a shorter time!

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Iulian Serban CEO, CTO, Co-founder, Korbit

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