Facebook has employed Joelle Pineau, the artificial intelligence academic, to lead its fresh research lab in Montreal, the social media major claimed last week to the media in an interview.
Artificial intelligence was once the exclusive segment of academic scientists. It has now grabbed the attention of the business world as companies from financial services to healthcare seek to employ algorithms to sort via reams of information in search of solutions to solve issues. The lab will be fourth of the social media company, after sites in New York, Palo Alto, and Paris, and joins analogous AI research attempts from Alphabet’s Google and Microsoft Corp. in the city.
The firm will also spend $7 Million to back AI research in Montreal at academic institutions, claimed the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research to the media in a statement. Pineau is a co-director of Learning and Reasoning Lab at McGill University whose work aims on applying and developing algorithms and models applying robotics to transportation, healthcare, and processing languages.
One project she has been operating on at McGill, where she will uphold her academic place, is a mechanical wheelchair. Pineau will be connected by fellow scientists Michael Rabbat, Pascal Vincent, and Nicolas Ballat, and Facebook hopes that the group to develop to almost 30 scientists. Facebook already utilizes AI for language analysis, image recognition, and aimed advertising. It also employs AI to remove and identify what the company claims as “inappropriate content.”
The Facebook project will be linked to the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms and to Centre for Intelligent Machines of McGill University. The Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms was established by professor and machine learning pioneer of University of Montreal, Yoshua Bengio, two people with deep knowledge of the matter claimed.
Mutually, University of McGill and Montreal have over 200 scientists, comprising students, operating on projects of AI research, Bengio claimed. That is up from almost 150 mentioned last year by Google, which it dubbed as the largest academic attentiveness in the world for AI research. The typically French-speaking state of Quebec shows almost 90 small companies aimed on artificial intelligence.