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Samsung expands AI lab in Canada to bolster system semiconductor R&D

Yonhap News logo Yonhap News 2/5/2019

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, May 2 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it has moved its artificial intelligence (AI) lab in Canada to a prestigious institute to bolster efforts to develop advanced technologies applicable to system semiconductors.

The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) AI Lab, which first opened at the University of Montreal in August 2017, moved to the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) to strengthen collaboration with top authorities in deep learning, the South Korean tech giant said.

The world's largest memory chip and smartphone maker said the expanded AI lab will carry out R&D for innovative technologies, including new deep learning algorithms and on-device AI.

On-device AI makes connected devices, including smartphones, wearables and cars, smarter and faster, when combined with machine learning and data processing in the cloud.

"SAIT focuses on research and development -- not only in next generation semiconductors but also innovative AI as a seed technology in system semiconductors," Hwang Sung-woo, deputy head of SAIT, said in a release.

Samsung has been working with Yoshua Bengio, a professor of the University of Montreal, in deep learning algorithm research since 2014, publishing three papers in academic journals.

Simon Lacoste-Julien, another professor at the university, has recently joined as the leader of the lab.

Samsung has been stepping up efforts to expand its non-memory and foundry business to find new growth drivers in the promising chip sector, recently announcing a 133 trillion-won (US$115.7 billion) investment plan through 2030.

The Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), a renowned artificial intelligence (AI) research center, in Canada is shown in this photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on May 2, 2019. The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) AI Lab moved to MILA to strengthen collaboration with top authorities in the field. (Yonhap) © 제공: Yonhap News Agency (Korea) The Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), a renowned artificial intelligence (AI) research center, in Canada is shown in this photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on May 2, 2019. The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) AI Lab moved to MILA to strengthen collaboration with top authorities in the field. (Yonhap)

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