Korean AI-Education Pioneer Riiid Closes The Biggest Kaggle Competition Of 2020, The Global AIEd Challenge; 3,400 Teams From 90 Countries

January 29, 2021 by No Comments

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Riiid Labs, the global artificial intelligence education division of Riiid, announced the successful completion of the first-ever Global Artificial Intelligence Education Challenge (GIAd), created to accelerate innovation in education by creating a better and more equitable model of learning for students around the world.

The teams from Korea, Japan and Spain took the top three places and received $50,000, $30,000 and $10,000 respectively from the $100,000 prize pool. The teams in 4th and 5th place received $5,000 each.

The task was solved on the Google Kaggle platform, an online community of IT and machine learning professionals. On Kaggle, users can participate in contests to solve computer problems.

The Reid’s AIEd Challenge attracted 3,395 teams from 90 countries, making it the largest single company Kaggle algorithm competition in 2020. Among these teams were 52 of the 270 Kaggle Grand Champions, which is the best ranking for a Kaggle participant based on past performance. For comparison: In the 2020 competition, the average was 25 Grandmasters. In addition, 20 of the top 100 Kaggle participants took part in the IEAd competition.

The top three winning teams will present their models at the Artificial Intelligence Education Workshop AAAI-2021 : Imagining education after COVID with AI, organized by researchers in Riida and held virtually on 9. February.

The huge success of the first Riiid IEAd challenge shows us that Riiid is at the forefront of change in the education sector, says YJ Jang, founder and CEO of Riiid. YJ Jang. Challenge has pioneered high-level AI research worldwide to actively participate in the IADEA, and we are very grateful to Reed for giving us this opportunity. At Riiid, we will continue to lead and shape the future of the IEAd by building on our strong technological edge and leadership.

The Riiid IEAd Challenge was a great success for many reasons, said Addison Howard, Program Manager at Kaggle. Not only is this a well-organized challenge in a growing industry that immediately attracts anyone who wants to practice and apply their data collection and processing skills, but almost every data scientist can identify with this challenge: What is studying for a test? When this story is included in a publication designed to contribute to the development of education for students around the world, it is hard not to join in and share your thoughts.

And a post-competition survey of participants shows that the world’s leading AI researchers are showing increasing interest in education. Although more than 50% of those surveyed stated that they had little knowledge of the potential applications of AIDC prior to the competition, 81% believe that the competition generated interest in AIDC among participants. Many praised this well thought out and interesting competition, and over 90% of them would be interested in a second edition of the IEAd Challenge. Moreover, participants gave very satisfactory marks for the task, the evaluation parameters and the quality of the data. Specifically, more than 80% of respondents gave a score of 8 or higher out of a possible maximum of 10 points for overall data quality. The increased interest in the IYED was also reflected in the fact that Challenge participants recommended that the next Challenge include challenges such as the analysis of learner concentration and user change, or regression related to the allocation of content to each user for optimal learning.

By giving leading researchers and academics access to the world’s largest hierarchical education dataset – EdNet, which includes over 130 million interactions between more than 780,000 students of Riiid’s AI education solution – the Riiid AIEd Challenge aims to reward the innovations in AI education that ImageNet has brought to the field of computer vision. This year’s participants were asked to develop algorithms to track student knowledge over time. The goal was to accurately predict student behavior in future interactions using Riiid data on EdNet.

Riiid’s first IEAd data competition has been successfully completed, and we have achieved our goal of attracting diverse talent from around the world to participate in the Challenge, said Jim Larimore, Head of Learning Equity at Riiid Labs and Chair of the Challenge. With such a diverse group of the world’s best AI gifted people focused on improving education through AI, I truly believe the Challenge will be a catalyst for developing a new paradigm for education in the post-COVID era.

To support the competition, Riiid Labs has partnered with some of the world’s leading researchers and leading educational organizations, including Paul Kim, chief technology officer and associate dean of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, and Neil Heffernan, professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a leader in educational data mining. Institutional and corporate partners include Ad Astra, Global ATP, Dxtera Institute, Edmentum, Kaplan, Reboot Representation, SocialTech.ai, The Learning Agency and others.

Korean company Riiid is offering Santa a mobile application to prepare for the popular Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) exam. Santa has been used by more than two million students in Korea and Japan, and has reached the number one selling position among educational applications in Japan and Korea. Riiid’s Artificial Intelligence technology analyzes student data and content, predicts user scores and behavior, and recommends personalized learning plans in real time to help students maximize their learning potential.

Santa has proven the effectiveness of Riiid’s technology and the company is now focused on providing end-to-end solutions for a wide range of new learning applications to businesses, school districts and education departments around the world.

About Reed

Riiid is a global leader in AI solutions for education and has over $70 million in funding. The company aims to change the paradigm of education through technology that personalizes learning for all students, in order to democratize quality education around the world. In 2017, Riiid launched the world’s first artificial intelligence learning solution based on deep learning algorithms and quickly climbed to the top of educational application sales in Korea and Japan with over two million users. The application, called Santa, uses AI to help students prepare for the TOEIC English exam. As a leader in artificial intelligence technology, Riiid has published research papers at major artificial intelligence conferences, including NeurIPS and CSEDU. The company has filed more than 91 patents, of which 21 have been registered. In 2020, Riiid founded Riiid Labs, a global division of the company based in Silicon Valley, California, to expand its business in the United States, South America, the Middle East and beyond. Riiid also offers Santa for SAT, Santa Realtor to prepare brokers for certification, and offers its own AI training module as a B2B solution for companies.

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