Founder: Yoonchang Han
Founded in: 2017
Financing status: USD 300,000 for undisclosed round in 2017.
K-cube ventures announced that they invested USD 0.3 million in audio-related AI startup, Cochlear.ai, on Nov 2.
Cochlear.ai developed an audio AI platform wherein nonverbal sounds and machine learning algorithms are combined. The company was established this July when Yoonchang Han, CEO of Cochlear.ai, was holding Master and PhD students at the music audio lab of Seoul National University.
Audio algorithms that are developed by Cochlear.ai will be applied to various IoT services and technologies. One example is that it is able to tell detecting by coughing sounds whether the user of an AI home assistance device has a cold.
Cochlear.ai recently participated in DCASE 2017, an audio environmental sound research competition held by IEEE and sponsored by Google, and won 4 awards including “2nd place in environmental sounds division”, “1st place in warning sounds detection”, “2nd place in sound event detection”, and “1st place in driverless car environmental sounds division”.
Yoonchang Han, CEO of Cochlear.ai, stated that securing qualified data is the key for developing audio-based machine learning algorithms. He said the company will focus on securing audio data and consistently developing the technology to recognize not only different voices but also various sounds.
Kijoon Kim, Partner of K-cube ventures, said that cases to technologize nonverbal audio sectors are still rare. He also stated that Cochlear.ai is achieving fast growth and becoming a model example of how to combine audio and machine learning in the AI industry.
This article, entitled “Audio AI startup Cochlear.ai raised funding from K-cube ventures to secure audio data”, was written in Korean by Seunghee Han of Platum, edited by AllTechAsia.