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Making AI Work with Small Data

February 12, 2020 / Alejandro Betancourt

As manufacturers begin to integrate AI solutions into production lines, data scarcity has emerged as a major challenge. Unlike consumer Internet companies, which have data from billions of users to train powerful AI models, collecting massive training sets in manufacturing is often not feasible. For example, in automotive manufacturing, where lean Six Sigma practices have been widely adopted, most OEMs and Tier One suppliers strive to have fewer than three to four defects per million parts. The rarity of these defects makes it challenging to have sufficient defect data to train visual inspection models. In a recent MAPI survey, 58% of research respondents reported that the most significant barrier to deployment of AI solutions pertained to a lack of data resources.