IBM to open an AI lab in Montreal to better collaborate with MILA

Yoshua Bengio

Yoshua Bengio

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The U.S. tech giant announces a new artificial-intelligence laboratory to boost its projects with the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms.

U.S. technology multinational IBM announced today it will open a laboratory in Montreal to strengthen its collaboration with the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), led by Professor Yoshua Bengio.

MILA is the world's largest research group in the field of artificial intelligence and deep learning. It is based at Université de Montréal and brings together about 100 researchers.

The new laboratory will enable IBM researchers to collaborate on a daily basis with MILA faculty, staff and students on core AI technology projects.

"Thanks to this new structure, we will be able to strengthen our relationship with MILA and participate even more actively in the development of Montreal's growing deep-learning ecosystem," said Bowen Zhou, director of IBM's AI Foundations projects and chief scientist of its Watson platform.

"My team and I are looking forward to this extended collaboration with IBM’s researchers here in Montreal where a great community of academics and entrepreneurs are working together to shape the future of AI,” said Professor Bengio.

The new IBM-MILA laboratory team will conduct advanced research in basic sciences on artificial intelligence, machine learning and eep learning, exploring areas such as generative modeling, unsupervised learning, representation and optimization.

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