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New partnership aims to leverage Edmonton’s strengths in AI/ML expertise

AI and Technology
Published On
April 28, 2021

Attabotics partners with Amii, AltaML to boost AI capabilities for supply chains

Two key organizations in the Edmonton region AI ecosystem, the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) and AltaML, are partnering with Attabotics, a 3D robotics supply chain company to develop capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) that further optimize efficiency and productivity in Attabotics’ innovative supply chain infrastructure. The three organizations will begin operationalizing the partnership through projects that combine AI technologies with IoT (Internet of Things) infrastructure to achieve more efficient IoT operations, improve human-machine interactions and enhance Attabotics’ data management and capabilities.

“The Edmonton region has earned an international reputation as being a hub for AI and reinforcement learning and we’ve attracted investment from some of the biggest tech giants including Google, Amazon and IBM,” said Malcolm Bruce, CEO of Edmonton Global. “AI is an enabling technology that has the ability to lift all industries by improving efficiencies, increasing productivity, and solving problems. Partnerships like this are crucial for operationalizing this tech and reaping the financial benefits that it can bring.”

Attabotics is a tech firm that has introduced an entirely new way to store and pick goods in warehouses that is tailor-made to help retailers respond to changing e-commerce demands and empower brands. The company transforms the rows and aisles of a typical warehouse into a single, vertical storage structure that’s modular and scalable, and uses “3D” robots internally to store and retrieve items for box packers on the outside perimeter. Attabotics offers an ideal applied platform to utilize emerging technologies to optimize the supply chain for modern commerce.

Through this partnership, Attabotics is building advanced AI/ML capabilities that maximize supply chain system throughput by predictively optimizing fulfillment while minimizing downtime. Attabotics drives these advanced AI models by leveraging IoT data derived from modern cloud based robotic operations. With AltaML and Amii, Attabotics is taking another step toward building out its digitally integrated, distributed network that is optimized for modern commerce.

“We’re excited to work with two world-renowned organizations to build the future of innovation in Canada,” said Scott Gravelle, Attabotics CEO. “Creating alliances with industry-leading partners is something we’ve put an emphasis on, which is why we’re so grateful to have identified the right partners in AltaML and Amii to help further to optimize our platform as we revolutionize the supply chain.”

This collaboration draws on the strengths of three Alberta technology leaders to expand the data analytics capabilities for customers. Combining Attabotics’ expertise in warehousing and fulfillment with AltaML’s expertise developing applied AI solutions and Amii’s world-leading research expertise, the collaboration will enable innovation in areas such as maximizing system automation uptime and throughput. This partnership will also support the growth of Alberta as an innovation hub and contributes to an ecosystem where technology and innovation continue to thrive.

“AltaML builds and deploys AI-powered software for complex problems, creating new competitive advantage for our partners,” said Nicole Janssen, AltaML co-CEO. “Attabotics has disrupted traditional warehousing, and we are thrilled to work with them, and Amii, to optimize their processes through applied AI. We are already seeing promising results and look forward to many more to come.”

“Amii is thrilled to be part of this one-of-a-kind collaboration bringing together three of Alberta’s leading technology organizations. Together, we’re demonstrating the province’s reputation as a hub for technology and artificial intelligence through the combination of Attabotics’ transformational work in advanced robotics for supply chain, Amii’s leadership and expertise in artificial intelligence research and development and AltaML’s proven record in applying AI to create business impact. This partnership shows the power of public-private partnerships and is further proof of Alberta’s leadership in the research and application of AI,” said Cam Linke, Amii CEO.

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