Xprize Covid Challenge Winners (Part 1)

Updated: May 5

On this podcast I am joined by Risto Miikkulainen, a professor at the University of Texas in Austin and Associate VP of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, and Mitja Lustrek, who is the head of the Ambient Intelligence Group at the Josef Stefan Institute located in Slovenia, to talk about the recently completed Xprize Covid Challenge where Mitja and his team came in an impressive second.

Podcast Outline:

:19 - Risto explains the genesis of this Xprize

3:50 - Mitja introduces us to his institute and team

6:27 - We talk about why Evolutionary AI is an interesting approach for things like Covid

11:00 - We dig down into each of the phases and goals of the competition

14:12 - Mitja walks us through his teams strategy and how they approached the challenge from a technical standpoint

20:12 - Risto highlights some of the really interesting things that Mitja and his team did to set themselves apart from the competition