Slovak gets high-level job at Tesla

He will report directly to the company’s founder and head, Elon Musk.

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A Slovak expert will now teach the Tesla to drive. Andrej Karpathy will be responsible for artificial intelligence and image recognition for the Autopilot system installed in American electric cars, holding the position of Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, the Sme daily reported.

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Karpathy will be working directly under Elon Musk, the founder and head of Tesla. He will also work closely with Jim Keller, who oversees Tesla’s Autopilot hardware and software division for the company’s vehicle automated driver assistance features, the TechCrunch.com website reported.

“I was born in Slovakia and my family moved to Toronto when I was 15,” Karpathy said in an earlier interview with Data Science Weekly.

Karpathy previously worked as a research scientist at OpenIA, a non-for-profit organisation sponsored by Musk. He completed his PhD in computer vision at Stanford University, where he demonstrated the ability to derive complex descriptions of images using a deep neural net, and has extensive knowledge of specialisations linked to artificial intelligence.

Karpathy previously interned at Google’s DeepMind, focusing on deep learning, and attended both the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto before that. His work and expertise should prove a big asset to Tesla’s work on the Autopilot, especially in the area of Tesla Vision, the computer vision system built by the company to support Autopilot and its future self-driving initiative, TechCrunch.com informed.

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