Samsung opens artificial intelligence research centre in Toronto [Update]

The lab is being placed into Toronto to be close to major Canadian universities

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Samsung Research, the South Korean tech giant’s advanced research and development arm, is opening three new AI research centres worldwide, with one of them being based in Toronto.

Samsung Research is looking to strengthen the company’s AI capabilities by expanding its global AI research.

The lab in Toronto is part of a new wave of centres spread across the globe. Samsung is also opening locations in Moscow, Russia and Cambridge, U.K.

The Toronto lab is located in the city’s downtown core in the MaRS Discovery District.

Toronto and the GTA are epi-centres of machine learning and one of the world’s foremost hubs for AI research and development,” said Dr. Larry Heck the co-head of global artificial intelligence research at Samsung.

The Canadian lab will be run by Dr. Sven Dickinson who was previously a chair of the department of computer science at the University of Toronto. According to Samsung, Dickinson is an expert in computer vision and will play an integral role in the company’s AI research.

Samsung said in a recent press release that one of the key factors to placing this centre in Toronto is the city’s closeness to key AI talent at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.

These three new labs will join the already existing AI research locations in Seoul, South Korea and in the San Fransisco area, giving Samsung a total of five AI centres worldwide.

Across all of these centres, Samsung hopes to employ around a 1,000 AI researchers within the next two years.

Update 25/05/2018: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information Samsung has given us regarding the Toronto research centre.

Source: Samsung