September 19, 2017

Bonsai Sets State-of-the-Art Reinforcement Learning Benchmark for Programming Industrial Control Systems

AI Platform Builds on DeepMind’s Work to Demonstrate Complex Grasp and Stack Robotics Tasks With 45x Faster Training Times

Berkeley, CA - September 19, 2017 – Bonsai, provider of an AI platform that empowers enterprises to build and deploy intelligent systems, today announced that its AI Platform established a new benchmark for programming industrial control systems. Using a robotics task to demonstrate the achievement, the platform successfully trained a simulated robotic arm to grasp and stack blocks on top of one another by breaking down the task into simpler sub-concepts. Bonsai’s unique concept networking technique trains each sub-concept separately, then trains the overall “grasp and stack” task 45x faster than a comparable approach from Google’s DeepMind.  This feat demonstrates the flexibility and efficiency of the platform for programming intelligent control into a range of robotics, manufacturing, HVAC, and other industrial control systems.

“Building off the foundation established by DeepMind, we were able to achieve these results by combining state-of-the-art reinforcement learning techniques with innovative features that are unique to the Bonsai Platform,” said Marcos Campos, Head of AI, Bonsai. “Using Bonsai, enterprises now have access to the tools and technology to program control systems more efficiently than any other commercially available reinforcement learning platform.”

Key features of the Bonsai Platform enabling the achievement of this benchmark include:

Bonsai is the only commercially available solution that packages together these techniques within a single platform. To apply for Bonsai’s Early Access Program, visit                                   


About Bonsai

Bonsai offers an AI platform that empowers enterprises to build and deploy intelligent systems. By completely automating the management of complex machine learning libraries and algorithms, Bonsai enables enterprises to program AI models that improve system control and enhance real-time decision support. Businesses use these models today to increase automation and improve operational efficiency of industrial systems including robotics, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, energy and utilities. Based in Berkeley, CA, Bonsai is backed by leading investors including NEA, Microsoft Ventures, ABB, Samsung NEXT and Siemens. To learn more, please visit: or follow on Twitter @BonsaiAI.

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