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Survey Auto

First Pakistani Startup receives investment directly from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Survey Auto
Founder & CEO : Dr. Umar Saif (From Pakistan)
Founded : Jan 1, 2019
Industry : Artificial Intelligence
Service : Insights Surveys
Founded in : Pakistan
Investor : Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, SGInnovate 
Headquarters : 

A Pakistani startup called SurveyAuto has received an investment directly from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop innovative Artificial Intelligence models for data collection. The startup aims to use recent advances in AI to disrupt the $75 billion market research industry. They use crowd sourcing and machine learning to collect data, reducing cost and minimizing human errors. SurveyAuto also uses machine learning on satellite imagery and open street maps to accurately identify survey targets, tracks and monitors enumerators in real-time using smartphone applications, and uses speech and image analysis to automatically analyze the quality of collected data. SurveyAuto is working on several global projects with the World Bank, Innovations in Poverty Action (IPA), ITA, UNESCO and other development organizations.

About The CEO: Dr. Umar Saif

Dr. Umar Saif is the founder and CEO of AiSight (formerly SurveyAuto), a Pakistani startup that uses Artificial Intelligence to collect data. He is also an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan. He received his PhD in Computer Science in 2001 from the University of Cambridge and worked and taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for several years. He has received many awards for his work, including being named as one of the top 35 young innovators in the world by the MIT Technology Review, receiving the Google Faculty Research Award, and being selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Dr. Saif has founded several technology companies and serves on the board of various private, public, and financial institutions. He has also served as a Cabinet member in the Government of Pakistan and headed the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).


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