Facebook To Open Artificial Intelligence Research Center In Montreal

Facebook To Open Artificial Intelligence Research Center In Montreal

Facebook To Open Artificial Intelligence Research Center In Montreal

According to a report on Reuters News Agency's website, "Facebook Inc plans to open an artificial-intelligence laboratory in Montreal, which will be run by prominent AI researcher Joelle Pineau, two people familiar with the plan said on Friday".

Announced yesterday, the AI lab is the fourth of its kind in the world, with the Montreal branch being the first in Canada.

The Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab is the company's second AI research facility outside of the US, and will be led by computer scientist and McGill professor Joelle Pineau.

"Creativity is the driving force behind our prosperity, not just in Montreal but across Canada", Trudeau told a crowd of McGill University students gathered for the launch. Montreal is also one of the targets of a Canadian pledge of C$125M to build expertise.

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The lab will be Facebook's fourth artificial intelligence research facility, joining a broader pool of 100 researchers in Paris and NY and the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., the company said.

Facebook is investing $7 million CAD to launch an AI research lab in Montreal, in collaboration with McGill University's Reasoning and Learning Lab.

Pineau is renowned for her work on developing language recognition techniques for AI systems and improving the decision-making capacities for computers. Facebook's AI research labs employ around 110 scientists and engineers. The tech company's venture fund took a stake in Element AI, a Montreal-based startup, in 2016. Uber Technologies Inc. came north in a similar move earlier this year.

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