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Samsung Expands Montreal Facility for AI Research

Samsung’s Montreal-based AI laboratory will expand and relocate from its current location to the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (Mila), as per the company announcement. SAIT, or ‘The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology’ was established in October 2018 for intensive research on Artificial Intelligence capabilities, was also the company’s seventh such center.

Samsung’s main aim behind the expansion of its AI research is-

  • To strengthen its fundamentals in AI research
  • Increase competitiveness in system semiconductors
  • To work closely with AI communities in Canada

Yoshua Bengio founded Mila and is partnered with the University of Montreal and the McGill University.

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The expansion comes in conjunction with Samsung’s announcement from last month stating that the company will invest around $120 billion in the next ten years in the research & development of semiconductors and processors.

Hence, SAIT’s main focus will be on-

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  • Unsupervised learning
  • Generative Adversarial Networks (GANS)
  • Deep learning algorithms
  • AI on smart devices

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Samsung researchers are expected to fly to Montreal to look over the transition. To better assist this $129 billion project, Samsung has also recruited Simon Lacoste-Julien, a Montreal University professor. The company’s previous collaborations include –

  1. Yann LeCun – Professor at the New York University
  2. Richard Zemel – Professor at Toronto University

Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio won 2018’s Turing award.

Samsung’s ambitious plans involve building a team of 1,000 working on AI until 2020.

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