Machine Learning on the Factory Floor

Machine Learning on the Factory Floor

Join Dr. Xiao Yang at Venture Cafe's Thursday Gathering on September 5th to find out how computer vision is being used to monitor analog gauges and deliver digital readouts. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) are unique on their own, but what makes them even more interesting is where they intersect.

In a talk presented in partnership with, Dr. Xiao Yang, Director of Machine Learning at Object Computing, Inc. (OCI), demonstrates how his team digitized analog gauge data to enable automated readings from a remote location, alleviating the need to dispatch a crew to read gauges manually.

This innovative solution offers utility, manufacturing, and energy companies a wealth of benefits, including:

  • Remote diagnosis of problems
  • Optimized maintenance timelines
  • Failure prediction and prevention of outages
  • Ability to prolong the life of aging industrial equipment
  • Ability to easily calculate return on investment of new hardware

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Venture Cafe St. Louis


September 5, 2019


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CDT

About the Speaker

Dr. Xiao Yang, Director, Machine Learning at Object Computing

As a member of OCI's machine learning team, Dr. Xiao Yang, Ph.D. contributes creativity, passion, and a proven track record disrupting the status quo with insights that unlock entirely new business opportunities. With more than twenty years of deep industry experience, Xiao most recently served as a senior analytics leader for a Fortune 500 agricultural biotechnology company, where he led the team that invented the world’s first AI product recommender and management solution for the agriculture industry.

When he is not creating new insights that breathe life into businesses, Xiao enjoys fishing, where he finds total relaxation, plus uninterrupted time to ponder systemic solutions across multiple industries to expand the value chain. Xiao also spends his free time contributing to the analytics community by coaching and mentoring the next generation of top analytical leaders in St Louis and around the globe.

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