Recent advances in artificial intelligence research have led to a profusion of studies that apply deep learning to problems in image analysis and natural language processing among others. Additionally, the availability of open-source computational frameworks has lowered the barriers to implementing state-of-the-art methods across multiple domains. Albeit leading to major performance breakthroughs in some tasks, effective dissemination of deep learning algorithms remains challenging, inhibiting reproducibility and benchmarking studies, impeding further validation, and ultimately hindering their effectiveness in the cumulative scientific progress. In developing a platform for sharing research outputs, we present ModelHub.AI (www.modelhub.ai), a community-driven container-based software engine and platform for the structured dissemination of deep learning models. For contributors, the engine controls data flow throughout the inference cycle, while the contributor-facing standard template exposes model-specific functions including inference, as well as pre- and post-processing. Python and RESTful Application programming interfaces (APIs) enable users to interact with models hosted on ModelHub.AI and allows both researchers and developers to utilize models out-of-the-box. ModelHub.AI is domain-, data-, and framework-agnostic, catering to different workflows and contributors' preferences.
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