New funding from DeepMind to attract top researcher in artificial intelligence to University of Alberta

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Hoping to accelerate developments in artificial intelligence by attracting top research talent, DeepMind has announced funding for an endowed chair in the University of Alberta’s Department of Computing Science.

From left, Dr. Rich Sutton, Dr. Michael Bowling and Dr. Patrick Plarski, all professors specializing in artificial intelligence at the University of Alberta, will run the new Edmonton offices of Google DeepMind. DeepMind, Google’s AI research division, announced the deal on July 5, 2017.

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Hoping to accelerate developments in artificial intelligence by attracting top research talent, DeepMind has announced funding for an endowed chair in the University of Alberta’s Department of Computing Science.

“The DeepMind endowed chair, together with additional funding to support AI research at the Department of Computing Science, is a sign of our continued commitment to this cause, and we look forward to the research breakthroughs this deep collaboration will bring,” said Demis Hassabis, founder and CEO of DeepMind in a press release Tuesday.

DeepMind, a leader in artificial intelligence research, opened its first international research office at the University of Alberta in July, led by professors Rich Sutton, Michael Bowling and Patrick Pilarski.

This new endowed research chair will be given full academic freedom to explore any interest that could advance the field of artificial intelligence, with the lab hopeful their offer will attract a senior researcher with international renown.

Jonathan Schaeffer, an artificial intelligence researcher and dean of the university’s Faculty of Science, said research in this area will drive development that will shape the future.

“Companies, governments, and citizens continue to produce data on an unprecedented scale,” said Schaeffer. “Artificial intelligence provides opportunities to help society make sense of this deluge of data by turning data into knowledge to aid decision-making processes.”

The University of Alberta has become a leader in artificial intelligence research specializing in machine and reinforcement learning, ranking second in the world in publications.

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