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Samsung Announces Montréal AI Innovation Centre

Samsung Establishes 2nd Artificial Intelligence Centre in Montréal

Samsung Electronics announced the establishment of another artificial intelligence (AI) centre in Montréal, the second biggest city in Canada, and home to one of the world’s fastest growing AI communities.

The centre is the fourth Samsung AI Centre to be established in North America following the launch of others in Silicon Valley, New York and Toronto, Canada’s other hub of AI innovation.

The opening of the AI centre in Montréal allows Samsung to expand its outpost for industry collaboration and talent recruitment in a major AI hub in Canada, dedicated to research and development of core AI technologies that entail machine learning, language, vision and other multi-modal interactions.

“By leveraging the power of AI in Samsung’s products and services, we must focus on creating new values, never seen nor experienced before,” said Seunghwan Cho Executive Vice President of Samsung Research. “To do this, seven Global AI Centres, including the Montréal AI Centre, will play a pivotal role.”

Key to Samsung choosing Montréal as its latest innovation centre: the availability of top AI talent, including leading AI researchers at McGill University and the University of Montréal who have had longstanding relationships with Samsung. Greater Montréal has emerged as a powerhouse in AI research, housing 250 researchers and 9,000 university students in related programs. Establishing an AI Centre in Greater Montréal also enables Samsung to better collaborate with regional start-ups and expand the current ecosystem.

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Montréal mayor, Valérie Plante celebrated the news, “Montréal is a vibrant and creative city with well-known academic institutions and some of the highest standards in quality of life allowing us to attract some of the best talent (from) around the world. Samsung’s AI Center reinforces Montréal’s unique position and reputation as a global leader in the field of artificial intelligence. Their work with faculties, students, and the broader academic community highlights the city’s international reach and the strengths of a business ecosystem that is firmly focused on collaboration, research and innovation.”