Microsoft started its research presence in Montreal a year ago, when it acquired the deep learning startup Maluuba. Microsoft today confirmed its plans to significantly expand its Montreal research lab. They are planning to double the size of lab within the next two years, to as many as 75 technical experts. In addition, Microsoft has hired a renowned AI expert, Geoffrey Gordon as the Montreal research lab’s new research director.
Jennifer Chayes, a technical fellow and managing director of Microsoft Research New England, New York City and Montreal said that Montreal is really one of the most exciting places in AI right now and Geoffrey Gordon was an obvious choice because of his interest in both the foundational AI research that addresses fundamental AI challenges and the applied work that can quickly find its way into mainstream use.
“We want to be doing the research that will be infusing AI into Microsoft products today and tomorrow, and Geoff’s research really spans that,” she said. “He’ll be able to help us improve our products and he’ll also be laying the foundation for AI to do much more than is possible today.”
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