Samsung Launches AI Center in Toronto
TORONTO — Samsung Research America is establishing an artificial intelligence (AI) center in Toronto, as part of a new venture to tap into and contribute to the AI industry growing in Canada’s largest city.
The opening of the Toronto AI Center comes on the heels of the company’s global announcement of two additional and newly established AI Centers in Cambridge, UK and Moscow, Russia. The Toronto Center will work in partnership with the company’s Silicon Valley team to pioneer AI research and development for the region.
Located in Toronto’s downtown core at MaRS Discovery District, the new Samsung AI Center will contribute to building the connected future by accelerating the adoption of intelligence on multiple devices ranging from household appliances to cars. The Toronto AI Center is a part of a network of research centers dedicated to research and development in the field of AI. The center is the second Samsung AI Center to be established in North America, with the other in Mountain View, CA. The North America AI Centers are led by senior vice president, Dr. Larry Heck, an expert in machine learning for spoken and text language processing, who also co-leads the expansion of Samsung’s AI Centers around the globe.
“Toronto and the GTA are epi-Centers of machine learning and one of the world’s foremost hubs for AI research and development. Home to not only world-class talent, but also some of the most innovative start-ups in the artificial intelligence field,” said Dr. Larry Heck, co-head of global artificial intelligence research. “We are looking forward to contributing to this vibrant AI community and to help push the field forward as we move towards our goal of making all Samsung connected devices intelligent by 2020.”
The vision is that the Samsung AI Center will now serve a role in the advancement of AI with a focus on language understanding and computer vision technologies that will ultimately reduce the friction between the user and the device/service, whether it be mobile phones, TVs, appliances, or cars.
The Toronto Center will be led by Dr. Sven Dickinson, newly appointed as the head of the Toronto lab, professor on leave and past chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Dickinson is an expert in computer vision technologies, especially in the field of object recognition. He will play an integral part in Samsung’s research of core AI technologies that entail language, vision and other multi-modal interactions.
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