Miletos R&D Reveals The Unknown
Sep 07, 2016

Miletos Research and Development (R&D) is a recent example of the entrepreneurial spirit cultivated at ITU ARI Teknokent, the home of new ideas and university-industry co-operation. Miletos, an R&D-based artificial intelligence company, has shown a considerable progress since its establishment in 2014, and the efforts of the company concentrating on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) have recently yielded fruits in this area.

Established in ITU ARI Teknokent in 2014, Miletos demonstrated breakthrough performance in ImageNet Challenge 2015 Competition that was organized by Stanford University. Joining the competition in the category of object recognition, Miletos took third place with 89% accuracy rate, while Microsoft won the first place with 96%, and Google came second with %95.


In the ensuing projects, the company implemented online handwriting recognition feature for Turkish. This innovation, which has proven to be a very effective technology for machine recognition of Turkish bank checks and invoices, paves the way for a separate OCR system providing capability for check-invoice recognition. This development will significantly benefit financial institutions such as banks and factoring firms that process a large volume of commercial checks. Also, Miletos Check Recognition System will be the first and only OCR software capable of automatic recognition of checks in Turkish banks.

Another project that Miletos Research and Development has been working on is the Ottoman Optical Character Recognition system that works online. The system, which will enable searching, classifying, and even summarizing the documents in Ottoman language, will be compatible with other software applications. Customized for Ottoman Turkish, this software will be the first of its kind in the world.

Please visit the following links for the Turkish handwriting recognition system, object recognition service, and the Ottoman optical character recognition system.

Also, it is possible to obtain detailed information on the purpose, operation, and outcomes of the Ottoman OCR system by reading the symposium paper written on the issue.


About Miletos Research and Development

Miletos Research and Development is an artificial intelligence company that employs a wide spectrum of artificial intelligence techniques and has carried out various pioneering projects in Turkey. The founding members of Miletos are Barış Malkoç, Dr. Kürşat Aker, and Berkin Malkoç, who is a research assistant at ITU Physics Engineering Department. ITU members specialising in natural and social sciences have also crucial positions in the company. Among the members who have greatly contributed to the present-day success of Miletos’ R&D efforts are Onur Kaplan and Mustafa Can Uslu, who are ITU graduates of the Department of Physics Engineering and Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering respectively, and Cemil Ozan Ceyhan, an ITU graduate historian.