Opening of a new artificial intelligence laboratory in Montreal

McGill University has announced the opening of a new international artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory in Montreal, confirming the city’s status as a leader in the field.

The initiative is a joint venture between McGill University, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Mila – Institut québécois de l’AI, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France, Université Paris-Saclay and the Ecole CentraleSupélec.

Known as the International Laboratory on Learning Systems (ILLS), the lab will facilitate the sharing and acquisition of new theoretical knowledge in the field of artificial intelligence. The announcement clarified that while great progress has been made recently in the field of AI, there is still a pressing need for new theoretical knowledge to better understand not only the capabilities of this new technology, but also how it works. achieved its results.

The facility will focus on five main research themes: fundamental aspects of AI, sequential (real-time) machine learning, robust autonomous systems, natural language and speech processing, and applications possible to vision systems, signals and information processing.

ILLS will also emphasize interdisciplinary collaborations, aimed at developing new methodologies and integrating these techniques into machine learning systems.

“This new lab confirms Montreal’s global leadership in AI,” said Benoit Boulet, Associate Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation at McGill University. “This is a major hub with a talent pool that continues to deepen, and McGill researchers and students are integrated into all levels of this activity. This new initiative will provide our researchers with opportunities to make even more groundbreaking discoveries.

The lab will join the already thriving artificial intelligence (AI) sector in Montreal, which has attracted numerous public and private investments in recent years. As a result, the city is now one of the world’s AI spearheads, with around 27,000 workers and more than 14,000 post-secondary students enrolled in AI-related programs.

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