Google is investing $4.5 million in the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, the latest sign of Google’s growing interest in artificial intelligence.
The investment, to be made over three years, will support the institute’s research. As part of the deal, Google will open an AI research group in Montreal. Google believes the city has the potential to become a “super-cluster” of machine learning knowledge.
Hugo Larochelle, a deep learning expert originally from Montreal, will lead Google’s team in the city. He hails from Boston, where he worked for Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Canadian government is spreading $200 million across three Montreal universities as it hopes to make the city an international hub of AI.