In 2014, Google bought London-based artificial intelligence firm DeepMind. Now the AI group is opening its first international lab in Edmonton, Alberta. The company has close links to researchers at the University of Alberta, which is located in Edmonton, and some of the university’s graduates and former professors work for DeepMind.
Richard Sutton, professor of computing science at Alberta, will head up the new lab. Sutton said the university is “the world’s academic leader in reinforcement learning,” and predicted that the new lab will “turbo-charge the research ecosystem” and “drive a whole host of new scientific breakthroughs right here in Canada, propelling the field of AI forwards into exciting new territory.”