LG sets up AI lab in cooperation with University of Toronto

SP&T Staff
Saturday August 04, 2018
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LG Electronics recently launched its AI Research Lab in Canada, an extension of the newly expanded LG Silicon Valley AI Lab in Santa Clara, Calif. LG's global research capabilities also include AI labs in South Korea, India and Russia.

In addition, LG is entering into a new research partnership with the University of Toronto, which is recognized worldwide for its AI and machine learning expertise, particularly in the area of deep learning.

"AI will ultimately touch everybody's lives, transforming the way we live, work and play," said Dr. I.P. Park, LG Electronics President and Chief Technology Officer, in a statement. "Early implementations of AI in connected devices today are setting the stage for tomorrow's smart cities, smart homes, smart businesses and smart devices, all with capabilities that no one has even dreamed of yet."

He said the North American labs and LG's research partnership with the University of Toronto will play a key role in developing source technologies defining that future.

Under its five-year, multi-million-dollar research partnership with the University of Toronto, LG will build on its Open Platform-Open Partnership-Open Connectivity strategy to expand the AI ecosystem. The new lab will capitalize on the expertise of researchers at the University of Toronto who will now have the opportunity to work collaboratively with LG's growing U.S. and Canadian AI R&D teams. Complementing this work, LG said it intends to collaborate with and invest in North American start-ups.

"The University of Toronto looks forward to partnering with an innovative global company like LG as our researchers continue to advance the boundaries of artificial intelligence. The presence of such leading, multi-national firms in our innovation ecosystem strengthens opportunities for our faculty, students and start-up companies across a whole range of disciplines," said University of Toronto President Meric Gertler.

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