-Tommy Lim Jr. is a DLSU alumnus and former professor
-Jesu Petra Maglutac is an FEU alumnus and a former software engineer
Two Filipino software engineers have successfully completed and emerged as among the top graduates of the Stanford University-style Artificial Intelligence (AI) class.
Tommy Lim Jr. and Jesu Petar Maglutac bested nearly 160,000 students from all over the world who enrolled in the free online AI class, said a press release sent by Orange & Bronze Software Labs to Yahoo! Southeast Asia.
O&B said Lim graduated with a grade of 98% and finished at the top 10% of the class, while Maglutac received 87%.
According to the course overview posted on its website, the free online class introduces students to the basics of AI, which includes machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, robotics, and natural language processing.
“The objective of this class is to teach you modern AI. You learn about the basic techniques and tricks of the trade, at the same level we teach our Stanford students,” it added.
The 11-week course, which kicked off in October last year, was taught by Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford research professor of computer science and a Google Fellow, and Google Director of Research Peter Norvig.
A class in Stanford University can cost up to $8,000 or Php 338,400 so when the free class was announced on various online forums, both Lim and Maglutac, together with thousands of high school students, engineers, scientists, technology enthusiasts and established software developers, immediately signed up for the program.
“Unlike most classroom courses where you’re flooded with lengthy explanations that don’t help or with info most of which cannot be used immediately, the Stanford online courses focused on the practical aspects and left any heavy theory as extra reading. It was also nice that you can watch the videos and do the assignments at any time prior to the deadline, no rigid scheduling,” Lim said.
Meanwhile, Maglutac, who graduated from Far Eastern University with a degree in Computer Science last year, said he realized after taking the online classes that there is so much he has to learn in his field.
“The IT industry is one industry where the amount of knowledge is so vast that you will never tire of the things you can discover,” Maglutac added.
The 47-year-old Lim, who was a former professor at the De La Salle University, is a senior software engineer for almost five years at O&B, a Filipino software development firm known as a Google Enterprise partner in the Philippines.
On the other hand, 21-year-old Maglutac recently resigned from O&B as associate software engineer and transferred to Acuity Technologies, Inc. as senior developer.
When asked about his plans on the new knowledge he gained from the AI class, Lim said, “Combining AI, machine learning, with the new courses of game theory and model thinking, I’d like to be able to model the behavior of the Filipino driver and perhaps find some unorthodox but effective solution to the serious traffic discipline problem of Metro Manila.”
Yung nagsasabi dyan na kinikilig ang FEU kapag nadidikit ang pangalan sa BIG3? Hindi na kailangan dahil mas angat pa ang FEU sa mga school ng mga nagsasabi nyan.