Opened in 2015, NVIDIA’s office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is expanding with a new AI research lab lead by Sanja Fidler, a leading computer scientist and Assistant Professor at the U of T. Fidler’s focus will be on “deep learning and computer vision, with connections to natural language processing.” NVIDIA is hoping to triple the number of AI and deep learning researches working at the facility by the end of the year.
“The fundamental AI work being done in Toronto is further solidifying Canada’s place as a world-leader in the field. Our talent and innovation ecosystem make us an attractive place for companies, like NVIDIA, to grow and create well-paying jobs for Canadians,” said Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Our government welcomes this investment and is proud to partner with NVIDIA as we continue advancing our machine learning knowledge.”
While taking on the role of director of AI research for the new office, Fidler will continue to teach as an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.
The new Toronto lab is the second time in as many years that NVIDIA has invested in research labs with ties to academia. Last year, NVIDIA opened a robotics research lab in Seattle which is currently helmed by University of Washington professor and roboticist Dieter Fox.
The NVIDIA Research team, which the Toronto and Seattle labs are a part of, consists of 200 people working worldwide on machine learning, robotics, graphics, computer vision, self-driving cars, and other areas.Source: NVIDIA