Microsoft to double its Montreal AI R&D office and invest $7M in academic research

Date: January 18, 2017 Published by

  • Microsoft is following its acquisition of Montreal-based Maluuba with additional investment in the city that’s become quite the artificial intelligence hotbed.
  • Montreal and its AI community is seen by Microsoft as a key part of its larger goal to “democratize AI,” a phrase Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has used frequently to describe his company’s goals with its expanding research and product efforts in the field.
  • Microsoft announced at Davos on Wednesday that it will be growing its research and design office there (which is what Maluuba will be post-acquisition) to double the size over the course of the next two years.
  • Microsoft isn’t the only company investing in Montreal and its AI research as part of the gold rush currently going on around this particular area in tech; Google announced a new AI lab in the city late last year, as well as a $3.4 million investment in Bengio’s Institute.

  • Microsoft will also be investing in the academic community that helps make Montreal the AI powerhouse it’s become; the company is putting $6 million in funding “gifts” behind the University of Montreal, and $1 million for McGill’s research efforts, to be distributed over the course of the next five years.

Microsoft to double its Montreal AI R&D office and invest $7M in academic research