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July 18, 2019
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Samsung opens AI research center in Montreal

  • PUBLISHED :October 19, 2018 - 14:39
  • UPDATED :October 19, 2018 - 14:39
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[THE INVESTOR] Samsung Electronics said on Oct. 19 that it has launched its seventh artificial intelligence center in Montreal, Canada.

The latest AI laboratory joins six other locations, including Cambridge in the UK, Moscow and New York.

Montreal, second largest city in Canada and home to global IT companies, is one of the major AI clusters along with Toronto and Edmonton in the North American nation.




The city houses 250 researchers and 9,000 university students in AI-related programs.

The tech giant said it would work closely with McGill University and University of Montreal and will continue to scout for young talent in the segment.

The Montreal AI lab will be led by Gregory Dudek, a computer science professor at McGill University. He is an expert in AI technologies, such as machine learning and human-robot interactions.

“By leveraging the power of AI in Samsung’s products and services, we must focus on creating new values, never seen nor experienced before,” said Cho Seung-hwan, executive vice president of Samsung Research.

“To do this, seven Global AI Centers, including the Montreal AI Center, will play a pivotal role.”

Around 100 guests participated in the opening ceremony of the AI center held on Oct. 18 (local time). Among them were Canada’s Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau, Philippe Tomlinson, mayor of Outremont and member of Montreal’s Development Commission.

“We are excited to open a new Samsung AI Centre in Montreal, which will conduct research in machine learning and robotics enabled multi-modal interactions,” Dudek said.

“As the second AI research facility in Canada, we plan to do research in tandem with the Toronto AI Centre, established in May, and leverage the tremendous AI talent in Montreal. We are also looking forward to collaborating with top universities and academic institutions in the region.”

By Kim Young-won (wone0102@heraldcorp.com)

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