Montreal is getting a new artificial intelligence centre

Oct 19 2018, 1:01 pm

Samsung is opening an artificial intelligence centre in Montreal.

According to Samsung, this will be the seventh AI research facility to open this year making it the fourth in North America alone.

The recent announcement compliments earlier news of multiple AI centres launched in North America and continues Samsung’s efforts in AI that include the development of Samsung’s virtual assistant, Bixby.

The centre is the fourth Samsung AI Centre to be established in North America following the centres launched in Silicon Valley, New York and Toronto.

The opening of the AI centre in Montreal will allow Samsung to expand its outpost for industry collaboration and talent recruitment in a major AI hub in Canada, dedicated to research and development of core AI technologies that entail machine learning, language, vision and other multi-modal interactions, according to Samsung.

“This new research Centre will help make artificial intelligence more accessible right here in Montreal,” said Minister Marc Garneau in a statement. “It will open the door for collaboration and grow opportunities for our universities and our businesses.”

Key contributing factors for the location include the availability of key AI talent, including leading AI researchers at McGill University and the University of Montreal who have had longstanding relationships with Samsung. Greater Montreal has emerged as a powerhouse in AI research, housing 250 researchers and 9000 university students in related programs.

“Montreal is a vibrant and creative city with well-known academic institutions and some of the highest standards in quality of life allowing us to attract some of the best talents around the world,” said Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal.

“Samsung’s AI Center reinforces Montreal’s unique position and reputation as a global leader in the field of artificial intelligence. Their work with faculties, students, and the broader academic community highlights the city’s international reach and the strengths of a business ecosystem that is firmly focused on collaboration, research and innovation.”

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