Featured resident: Esin Yavuz, Cyanapse
It’s really hard not to boast about having a Neuroscientist as part of the FuseBox especially when they come in the form of the brilliant and friendly Dr Esin Yavuz, Co Founder and Chief Scientist of Cyanapse.
Esin has been a committed part of the FuseBox for almost two years so we decided it was definitely time to hear more about what Cyanapse is up to, including their recent involvement with FuseBox in-house project; 5G Brighton..
Hey Esin! So tell us, for anyone who doesn’t know, what does your company do?
Cyanapse develop software tools to augment the perception of visual contents using methods based on neuroscience of perception and AI. At the moment we are building an automated image editing platform which includes AI-powered photo filters, and we also provide data science consultancy services.
FuseBox resident since…
October 2017. We have also been based based in the FuseBox from December 2016 till June 2017 as a part of a former programme.
How did Cyanapse form?
The two co-founders of Cyanapse, Sebastien Behuret and myself, are neuroscientists. We both studied sensory perception and we used high performance computing for efficient simulations of brain circuits. Prior to founding Cyanapse, Sebastien has been working on information flow in the visual system while also providing data science consultancy services.
Meanwhile, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Green Brain Project at the University of Sussex. As part of this project, I contributed to building software tools to simulate biologically-realistic neurons on GPUs, and worked on simulating honeybee olfaction as a part of a computational brain model that controls a flying robot.Over the years, with the help of the recent advances in deep learning and GPU computing, our ideas started to converge and we decided to build software tools to enable computer-assisted perception for humans using our knowledge in the neuroscience of visual perception and high performance computing.
What has Cyanapse been working on recently?
We are starting beta testing of our image editing platform very soon, which has kept us busy during the last few months. We have presented our work at the NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference GTC Europe in Munich in October, and it was very well received. We are also very excited to be one of the first companies involved in the 5G testbed at the Fusebox in Brighton, which will allow us to push the boundaries of real-time high-quality image enhancements.
What Wired Sussex projects have you taken part in since being a resident?
We are taking part in the first cohort of the Brighton 5G testbed. We are also interested in the University Brokerage Programme to get in touch with academics working on content creation and psychology.
And have you taken part in any events?
I was one of the speakers at a recent meetup on use of AI for creative industries, co-organised by the FuseBox & Digital Catapult Machine Intelligence Garage programme. We talked about how we use neural networks to achieve drastic image enhancements while preserving the content. The audience and all the other speakers were amazing, it was a very enriching event.
Who have you met through the FuseBox?
Meeting all the creative artists at the FuseBox has been great. We are fascinated by the creativity in the space, and being in such a creative environment certainly shaped how we are evolving as a company. Other than that we learned about UX design form Andy Parker and Maf’j Alvarez, had advice on IP protection from Scott Appleton at Moore Law, and received great business advices from Peter Maddalena at VRCraftworks.
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As a city, what do you think separates Brighton from the rest of the UK?
Inclusion, cooperation, and creativity. We have a very supportive community in Brighton, which is great for both personal life and business development.