Facebook is going full force in the artificial intelligence field. To strengthen its research work in artificial intelligence, the social media giant has hired Joelle Pineau, an AI academic who will head the new research laboratory of Facebook in Montreal, Canada.
AI is believed to be the forte of some academic researchers, but lately it has enticed the corporate world, and companies have started working towards leveraging this concept in business domains like health care, financial services and retail. Companies study the algorithms to look for specific trends or patterns among the data streams to help solve problems.
This new lab in Montreal will be the fourth one that Facebook has set up, joining facilities in Palo Alto, New York and Paris.
A recent statement released by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research said that Facebook will also be investing around $7 million to support research in the field of artificial intelligence.
Joelle Pineau is co-director of the Reasoning and Learning Lab at McGill University. The division focuses on development of models and algorithms and their applications. The lab works on various applications of these algorithms, such as using robotics in health care, transportation and language processing.
A project that Pineau has been working on is the robotic wheelchair, and she will maintain her academic position.
Pineau will join the existing team at Facebook that is composed of Pascal Vincent, Michael Rabbat and Nicolas Ballat. Facebook is expecting the research team to grow to a 30-member team.
If we look at implementation of AI by Facebook, it is already using it for image recognition, language analysis and target advertising. Facebook also uses AI to remove inappropriate content on its platform.
Sources have indicated that the project at Facebook will be connected to McGill University’s Centre for Intelligent Machines and to the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, started by University of Montreal professor and machine-learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio.