Facebook to be Latest Technology Giant in Hunt of AI Talent in Canada

Facebook is now shifting its focus towards Canada as it is opening an AI research office in Montreal. Many big fishes of this industry already have research offices set in this city which is becoming a hub of technological progress. Google, Microsoft and Uber all fall in this list. This effort by Facebook is going to be lead by McGill’s University’s Joelle Pineau. The quest to find the latest technology has become very real for Facebook.

Overview

This research is mainly going to focus on robotics and dialog systems. It is going to be shifting its attention towards reinforcement learning applications. The topics under consideration at this research office would mainly be dialog research and natural language processing (NLP). Therefore, Facebook is considered the home of textual information which means it’s personal assistant relay strongly on the dialog.

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American is now becoming an uncertain space considering immigration which has made Canada the new center for research work. USA leads the world in AL development but the fact remains that some best researchers of the technology come from other countries. Schools like Waterloo and McGill located in Canada are really progressing in AI research. Finally, This also programs further at the schools as such Tsinghua and Cambridge which are trying to progress in the field.

Specifications

The number of Al talent and polished researchers working is fairly less. This office in Montreal would generate a secure pipeline of hardworking and talented AI researchers which would help this field to grow. According to the head of Facebook AI Research, Yann LeCun,  the changing immigration policy of America did not affect their decision. Later on, he also added that he observed the obvious benefits to operate in this region, which cannot be ignored. He also went ahead and said that the reason for choosing this region is to suffice from this pool of talent.

” This didn’t count in our decision making but it is favorable for us that immigration in Canada is much well organized than that of U.S”

Details

Facebook has operating AI Research center in Paris, New York City and Menlo Park. It employees around 105 researchers. Finally, the main goal is to establish Montreal group and develop it from its founding team, which consists of 4 to 5 members to a decent number of 30-40.

Facebook is also donating money to McGill University and the University of Montreal to aid graduate students by helping to improve the computational infrastructure. Yet, Peneau would be sustaining her academic position at McGill while hiring a team for Facebook.  As she has many interesting applications of machine learning of her own which assist in medical use cases. Therefore, Canadian Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau also spoke on the topic encouraging the overall scheme.

These are the details latest technology development regarding Facebook’s new venture. Let us know If you have something to add to this story by commenting below

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