Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal

Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal

  • Facebook has become the latest technology company to dig into Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday.
  • “For many years, I’ve seen a steady stream of talented AI researchers … leaving my lab but also leaving our country,” Pineau told dignitaries, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • That would put it on par with three other Facebook hubs currently based in New York City, Paris and Menlo Park, Calif., and serve as recognition that Montreal has quickly developed a concentration of expertise in the area of artificial intelligence.
  • Apart from the lab, Facebook said it intends to invest $7 million in the city’s AI community to fund research and students.
  • Yoshua Bengio, a computer science professor at Université de Montréal and an AI researcher, says Facebook is not just applying artificial intelligence, but is also creating new science.

Facebook has become the latest technology company to dig into Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday.
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Facebook to Open New Artificial Intelligence Lab in Montreal

Facebook is opening its first artificial intelligence research lab in Canada

  • Facebook to Open New Artificial Intelligence Lab in Montreal

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    September 15, 2017, 11:56 AM EDT

    Facebook Inc. is opening its first artificial intelligence research lab in Canada and has chosen Montreal to house the project.

  • This is Facebook’s first research and development investment in Canada and its fourth AI research lab.
  • The company was attracted to Montreal because of the students and professors in surrounding universities, the strong startup culture and favorable government policies, Facebook Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun said in a statement.
  • Facebook is investing more than C$7 million ($5.7 million) in Montreal’s AI scene.
  • Joelle Pineau, a professor at the McGill School of Computer Science, will head the new lab, FAIR Montreal, which will start with 10 researchers and aims to grow to more than 30 researchers in the coming year.

Facebook Inc. is opening its first artificial intelligence research lab in Canada and has chosen Montreal to house the project.
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