Facebook opens AI research center in Montreal

Facebook is set to open its fourth artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal, Canada, reports CNBC.   

Joelle Pineau, PhD, associate professor at Montreal-based McGill University, will lead the lab, which plans to employ 10 people by the end of this month.

The social media giant also pledged $5.75 million to support AI research at McGill, the University of Montreal, the Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms and the Toronto-based Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

"Our goal with artificial intelligence is to build systems that are better than people at perception — seeing, hearing, language and so on," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the company's F8 developer conference in April, reports CNBC.

Facebook's three other AI research labs are based in Menlo Park, Calif., New York City and Paris.

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