Alberta tech companies partner to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to supply chains
Three Alberta technology companies are partnering to develop warehouses equipped with robots who use artificial intelligence and machine learning to make supply chains more efficient.
Edmonton’s AltaML and Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) are providing research, expertise, and technology to Calgary-based Attabotics, a creator of robotic storage systems for supply chains.
"It's kind of a perfect union of very advanced tech and expertise on the robotic side and machine learning expertise on our side, and being able to really do something special at the intersection of those two things," said Cam Linke, Amii's CEO.
Attabotics's technology uses robots to store and retrieve goods from compact storage structures, which the company said requires 85% less space than traditional warehouses. The goal of the partnership is to optimize the technology by integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Neeraj Gupta, the company's chief strategy officer, said the result will be a "network supply chain," which will use predictive data to further automate the process of storing goods and preparing packages for delivery.
"We are going to impact almost every phase of the supply chain in a positive manner," he said.
AltaML started developing AI software in Edmonton in 2017, and has since opened offices in Calgary and Toronto. Jil Macdonald, managing director of the Calgary office, describes Alberta as an "innovation hub”, which makes partnerships like the one between Amii, Attabotics, and AltaML possible. She said local talent, especially out of the University of Alberta, has been crucial to the business's growth.