Mathworks expands deep learning capabilities in latest Matlab and Simulink releases

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MathWorks has introduced Release 2018b of Matlab and Simulink. The release offers numerous enhancements for deep learning, along with new capabilities and bug fixes across the product families.

The Deep Learning Toolbox, which replaces the Neural Network Toolbox, provides engineers and scientists with a framework for designing and implementing deep neural networks. Now, image processing, computer vision, signal processing, and systems engineers can use Matlab to more easily design complex network architectures and improve the performance of their deep learning models.

MathWorks recently joined the Onnx community to demonstrate its commitment to interoperability, enabling collaboration between users of Matlab and other deep learning frameworks. Using the new Onnx converter in R2018b, engineers can import and export models from supported frameworks such as PyTorch, MxNet, and TensorFlow.

This interoperability enables models trained in Matlab to be used in other frameworks. Similarly, models trained in other frameworks can be brought into Matlab for tasks such as debugging, validation, and embedded deployment.

In addition, R2018b provides a curated set of reference models that are accessible with a single line of code. Also, additional model importers enable use of models from Caffe and Keras-Tensorflow.

“As deep learning becomes more prevalent across multiple industries, there is a need to make it broadly available, accessible and applicable to engineers and scientists with varying specializations,” said David Rich, Matlab marketing director, MathWorks.

“Now, deep learning novices and experts can learn, apply, and conduct advanced research with Matlab by using an integrated deep learning workflow from research to prototype to production.”

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