CEO, Koidra Inc.
Kenneth Tran is the founder and CEO of Koidra Inc. Before Koidra, Tran was a Principal Applied Scientist in the Machine Learning Group, Microsoft Research (MSR). While at MSR, he led the Sonoma team, winning the first autonomous greenhouse challenge (2018), becoming the only artificial intelligence (AI) team that outperformed expert Dutch growers. Tran recently led the Koala team comprised of Koidra and Cornell University researchers to win the first phase of the 3rd autonomous greenhouse challenge in 2021. Koala outperformed 46 teams from 24 countries in both the virtual net profit and overall ranking.
Tran’s research expertise and experience include Reinforcement Learning, Deep Learning, Optimization, and Distributed Computing. At Microsoft, he led the research and development for strategic AI projects such as
- Deep Reinforcement Learning for real-world control problems
- Computer Vision API for Cognitive Services
- Autonomous Greenhouses
Tran received his Ph.D. in Computational & Applied Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012.