Google’s DeepMind Opening Research Lab in Canada

Google-owned artificial intelligence (AI) research company DeepMind is expanding its operations — but not where you might think.

The U.K.-based company has bypassed the U.S. in favor of Edmonton, a Canadian city located in the province of Alberta. Dubbed DeepMind Alberta, the company will open later this month and will have close ties to the University of Alberta.

The company’s decision to locate in Edmonton is due to the expertise of Richard Sutton, one of the top computing scientists in the world and one of DeepMind’s first advisors when the company was started.

Richard Sutton

Richard Sutton

Sutton, along with fellow University of Alberta computing science professors Michael Bowling, and Patrick Pilarski will lead a team of seven more researchers.

“DeepMind has taken this reinforcement learning approach right from the very beginning, and the University of Alberta is the world’s academic leader in reinforcement learning, so it’s very natural that we should work together,” Sutton said in a UAlberta news article. “And as a bonus, we get to do it without moving.”

DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis said Edmonton was an obvious choice for the company’s expansion because of Sutton and UAlberta’s computing science expertise.

“I first met with Rich seven years ago when DeepMind was just a handful of people with a big idea. He saw our potential and encouraged us from day one,” DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis said.  “I am very excited to be working with Rich, Mike, Patrick and their team, together with UAlberta, and I look forward to us making many more scientific breakthroughs together in the years ahead.”

Google purchased DeepMind for $ 400-million in 2014. DeepMind creates a number of approaches to AI that are then applied to a variety of potential products including a recommendation system for eCommerce.

 


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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