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Google opens AI centre in China, first in Asia

Focused on basic AI research, the Center will consist of a team of AI researchers in Beijing, supported by Google China’s strong engineering teams.

The internet giant Google has opened its artificial intelligence (AI) centre in China and first such centre in Asia. The launch took place at Google Developer Days event in Shanghai on December 13.

The latest AI centre in China is now part of research groups all over the world, including in New York, Toronto, London and Zurich.  These centres contributing towards the same goal of finding ways to make AI work better for everyone, reads a blog post on company’s website.

Focused on basic AI research, the Center will consist of a team of AI researchers in Beijing, supported by Google China’s strong engineering teams.

The company has already roped in some experts and they are intending to build the team in the months ahead.

The research will be coordinated and lead by Dr. Jia Li, Head of Research and Development at Google Cloud AI and Fei-Fei Li Chief Scientist AI/ML, Google Cloud, informs the blog post.

“Besides publishing its own work, the Google AI China Center will also support the AI research community by funding and sponsoring AI conferences and workshops, and working closely with the vibrant Chinese AI research community.”

Despite a ban on its search services in China, Google has opted to set up AI research centre in the country as it is home to many of the world’s top experts in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Chinese authors also contributed 43 per cent of all content in the top 100 AI journals in 2015.

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