-by Junling Hu

The most exciting developments of AI in 2018 is AutoML. It automates machine learning process. In January this year, Google released AutoML Vision. Then in July Google launched AutoML for machine translation and natural language processing. Both packages have been used by companies such as Disney in practical applications.

Google’s AutoML is based on Neural Architecture Search (NAS), invented in the end of 2016 (and presented in ICLR 2017) by Quoc Le and his colleague at Google Brain. In this article I will review the historical context of AutoML and the essential ideas of NAS.