Samsung Electronics announced on 2 May the expansion of its ‘Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) artificial intelligence (AI) Lab Montreal’ in Canada. The lab will help the company to “strengthen its fundamentals in AI research and drive competitiveness in system semiconductors”.
The AI Lab is located in Mila – the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms – a research centre in the field of deep learning founded by Professor Yoshua Bengio at the University of Montreal. SAIT AI Lab Montreal has an open workspace with the aim of working closely with the AI research communities in Mila.
The lab will focus on unsupervised learning and Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) research to develop “disruptive innovation and breakthrough technologies, including new deep learning algorithms and next generation of on-device AI”.
To drive the effort, the AI Lab has !actively recruited leaders in deep learning research”, including Simon Lacoste-Julien, Professor at the University of Montreal, who recently joined as the leader of the lab.
In addition, Samsung is planning to dispatch R&D personnel in its Device Solutions Business to Montreal over time, and to utilize AI Labs as a base for training AI researchers and for collaborations with other advanced AI research institutes.
Bengio is one of the world’s greatest experts on deep learning, machine learning, and AI. SAIT has collaborated with him on deep learning algorithm research since 2014, successfully publishing three papers on academic journals.
SAIT has actively pursued research collaboration with other top authorities in the field, including Yann LeCun, Professor at New York University and Richard Zemel, Professor at University of Toronto. Bengio and LeCun, along with computer scientist Geoffrey Everest Hinton won the 2018 Turing Award which is known as the “Nobel Prize in computer science”.
“Samsung’s collaboration with Mila is well established already and has been productive and built strong trust on both sides,” Professor Bengio said in a statement. “With a new SAIT lab in the midst of the recently inaugurated Mila building and many exciting research challenges ahead of us in AI, I expect even more mutually positive outcomes in the future.” “SAIT focuses on research and development – not only in next generation semiconductor but also innovative AI as a seed technology in system semiconductors,” added Sungwoo Hwang, Executive Vice President and Deputy Head of SAIT. “SAIT AI Lab Montreal will play a key role within Samsung to redefine AI theory and deep learning algorithm for the next 10 years.”