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David Dechow joins Landing AI as VP of vision tech

David Dechow, formerly of Integro Technologies, has joined AI software firm, Landing AI, as VP of outreach and vision technology.

Landing AI was founded by AI veteran, Andrew Ng, to bring AI technologies to manufacturing and industrial inspection. The company said that Dechow's 35 years of experience in machine vision will 'further enhance Landing AI’s mission of bringing the benefits of deep learning-based inspection to all industries including electronics, automotive, and medical devices.'

Before joining Landing AI, Dechow was principal vision systems architect at vision integrator, Integro Technologies, which is now owned by the Kaman Distribution Group. He is a member of the A3 Vision and Imaging Technical Advisory Board in the US, and the A3 Vision and Imaging Education Committee.

'We’re thrilled to have David join Landing AI and bring his hands-on expertise to helping manufacturers use cutting-edge deep learning,' said Andrew Ng, founder and CEO of Landing AI. 'The next era of AI is one in which companies in all industries access the benefits of AI. David’s deep knowledge of machine vision and automation will help us get there.'

The evolution of AI and deep learning is changing the software part of machine vision and, when applied correctly, can make machine vision tools more efficient and productive.

With Landing AI’s data-centric approach, the application of deep learning no longer depends on big data but on the data that entities actually have, in many cases even when the amount of available data is limited.

'Adoption of deep learning for machine vision applications has been somewhat slow because of practical problems including the challenges of on-line imaging and most importantly the potentially small datasets that deep learning technology could not handle,' said Dechow. 'But Landing AI’s technology makes cutting-edge deep learning work for automated inspection, and I look forward to helping bring these benefits to all manufacturers.'

Landing AI developed LandingLens, an enterprise MLOps platform. It helps manufacturers apply AI and deep learning to solve visual inspection problems, find product defects more reliably, and generate business value.

When best practices are followed, machine vision and deep learning-based imaging systems are capable of effective visual inspection and will improve efficiency, increase throughput and drive revenue.

'The combination of AI and machine vision will hasten the growth of the Industrial IOT,' said Scott MacDonald, co-founder and managing partner of McRock Capital, Landing AI’s lead investor. 'There’s no limit to what innovative companies can do when great visions, minds, and technologies come together as they are at Landing AI.'

In addition to Dechow's hands-on work with vision technologies, he is well-known for his many educational webcasts, articles, and conference sessions covering topics in machine vision and industrial systems integration.

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