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XAIN puts privacy first, at no cost to efficiency, with its distributed AI solution

XAIN’s GDPR-compliant data training solution marks a major milestone in the advancement of data privacy for AI technology

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Berlin, January 2019 – XAIN, the AI startup that specializes in privacy-oriented Federated Machine Learning (FedML), is developing an infrastructure to train artificial intelligence applications through FedML technology, a mechanism that emphasizes data privacy. XAIN’s distributed approach to machine learning, which intends to comply with the European Commission’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), also provides greater efficiency in the way data is trained, marking a major breakthrough in a field otherwise burdened by costly and onerous processes.

When you download facial recognition software onto your phone, your data is usually stored on the central database of the app providing the service. FaceApp, for instance, infuriated the public recently for storing data centrally, though they’re far from the first AI-based app to lack privacy protection measures. Data aggregation is essential for AI technology to work — the question is how to preserve privacy throughout the process. Enter XAIN’s FedML technology. 

Instead of training, aggregating, and storing data on one centralized AI model, XAIN’s FedML trains each dataset separately. The findings from each separate AI model are communicated and aggregated with the findings of the other datasets, but only the aggregations are stored together. That means each individual dataset remains private and there is no need to anonymize or store local data in a central source. This reduces cost and simplifies the data training process without compromising the privacy of local datasets, an attractive feat for businesses. 

XAIN’s FedML technology can be used both internally by companies, and externally in the creation of products. The first application running its training models on XAIN’s FedML technology is ANDY. This solution for automated invoice processing consolidates machine learning knowledge from each customer for whom the app is running, all while keeping the customer’s data private in its respective corporate environment. ANDY is designed for larger enterprises, where the application really utilizes its potential — especially when the trained models are consolidated among various departments within a company, or even between corporate subsidiaries.

“One of the biggest challenges going forward in AI is figuring out how to simplify the training process, which is incredibly onerous, while also keeping data secure,” says Dr. Christian Nagel, Founding Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital and Member of the XAIN Supervisory Board. “FedML addresses that challenge, while also reducing the cost of training.”


About XAIN:

XAIN, the eXpandable AI Network, is a Berlin-based technology company that specializes in privacy-preserving training solutions for AI applications. The platform is the first solution to provide GDPR compliance for AI applications by enabling training via the distributed approach of federated machine learning (FedML). XAIN began as a research project at Oxford University and Imperial College by CEO Leif-Nissen Lundbaek and CTO Professor Michael Huth. In 2017, the company won the 1st Porsche Innovation Contest, and a year later, received seed investment funding of €6 million, led by venture capital fund Earlybird. XAIN recently announced a strategic investment by IOTA’s Co-Founder Dominik Schiener.


Leif-Nissen Lundbæk, CEO & Co-Founder
Felix Hahmann, Chairman of Supervisory Board & Co-Founder
Prof. Michael Huth, CTO & Co-Founder

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