Microsoft unveils AI capability that automates AI development

The tedious but necessary process of selecting, testing and tweaking machine learning models that power many of today’s artificial intelligence systems was proving too time-consuming for Nicolo Fusi.

The final straw for the Microsoft researcher and machine learning expert came while fussing over model selection as he and his colleagues built CRISPR.ML, a computational biology tool that uses AI to help scientists determine the best way to perform gene editing experiments.

“It was just not a good use of time,” said Fusi.

So, he set out to develop another AI capability that automatically does the data transformation, model selection and hyperparameter tuning part of AI development – and inadvertently created a new product.

Microsoft announced Monday at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, that the automated machine learning capability is being incorporated in the Azure Machine Learning service.