April 6, 2022
6 Minute Read
Today, Sama is thrilled to announce a host of new offerings which will allow us to continue to power our customers’ ML models with unmatched accuracy, scale, and efficiency.
This includes data curation, enhanced 3D and LiDAR annotation features, and — last but not least — self-service access to our trusted annotation platform.
Here’s a rundown of what’s new.
Many sources cite that 80% of a data scientist’s time is spent finding, cleaning, and organizing data. This is because the most effective ML engineers understand that this sort of preparatory work is key to accelerating the development of their models in the long run.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” - Abraham Lincoln
It’s also why Sama is excited to introduce our data curation solution. Sama Curate offers seamless integration with the Sama Data Annotation Platform to provide the highest degree of automation to cost-effectively select and label massive amounts of data quickly with accuracy.
Sama Curate ensures every labeled asset adds value for better accuracy with less data — and a quicker, more cost-effective path to production.
With Sama Curate, ML engineers can be more strategic in selecting the data they send for annotation. Powerful visualization tools empower them to understand the diversity of their data and quickly identify edge cases. State-of-the-art data curation approaches such as Active Learning provide a continuous feedback loop to ensure AI practitioners are always prioritizing the most high-value data for their models.
Safety prerequisites in the autonomous vehicles industry have created the need for redundant perception, with companies requiring a fully integrated sensor suite — including LiDAR, RADAR, and 360-degree cameras — to train their models. The resulting data is notoriously difficult and expensive to label, leading to steep costs and poor model performance in unpredictable conditions.
For years, Sama has been working to solve these challenges for the world’s largest vehicle and parts manufacturers, and today we’re ready to launch our enhanced 3D and LiDAR annotation features.
Sama provides unparalleled tools and expertise to deliver uncompromisingly high-quality ground truth annotations for your 3D and LiDAR data.
Sama annotation experts leverage our ML-powered platform to deliver labels with unmatched accuracy and speed for your sensor fusion, semantic and instance segmentation, and object tracking use cases. State-of-the-art 3D and LiDAR annotation tools boost annotation efficiency and allow you to achieve high quality at scale, predictably producing up to 94-98% IOU.
In addition to our ML-powered platform, Sama machine learning researchers and technical solutions teams partner with you to become experts on your data: they develop robust quality rubrics for your requirements, seamless integrations for your systems, and solve for edge cases that can otherwise slow your path to production.
Especially in the early stages of their projects, successful ML engineers like to stay close to their data. They may want to test out concepts, uncover edge cases they hadn’t anticipated, or experiment freely with different annotation outputs.
Whatever the reason, Sama understands first-hand that working iteratively is key to successfully training and deploying AI models into production…which is why today, we’re excited to hand you the keys to Sama Go, our ML-powered self-service platform. Sama Go allows you to rapidly innovate, experiment, and scale your AI model development — on your schedule with enhanced autonomy and control.
Sama Go allows you to stay close to your data in the early stages of model development, so you can experiment and iterate quickly, and scale annotations strategically.
Gain access to annotated data early to help set up your ML training pipelines, put together test sets, and establish baseline model metrics. Experiment freely, uncover edge cases early, and iterate as you go so you can scale up annotations strategically — and ultimately, ship faster. Avoid costs and delays associated with hiring external contractors by labeling directly in the Sama Go platform.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”- Abraham Lincoln
This adage may come from a by-gone era, but the sentiment holds true.
At Sama, we have long believed that efficiency improvements early in the ML model development process — whether curating your data, iterating early and often, or selecting the right annotation partner — have significant positive compounding effects, resulting in better label quality and model performance.
These are just a few of the many exciting new features Sama has been working on to help you “sharpen your axe” before you set out to build your ML models — to ultimately bring you cost savings, efficiency improvements, and quicker time to market.
As Head of Product Marketing at Sama Girish leads the product marketing team covering Sama's AI/ML training data development product & solutions offerings. Girish brings over 25 years of product & solutions marketing experience with a proven track record of establishing and managing global product teams with a focus on new product launches.