Search engine Google has proclaimed that it will open its new Artificial Intelligence lab in January 2019 to promote greater teamwork between the tech giant and university researchers in AI breakthrough. The AI lab will encompass a blend of faculty members, software engineers, graduates, postgraduates that will be led by two computer science professors at Princeton University, Elad Hazan and Yoram Singer.
Google and Princeton have had a close and mutual relationship for many years, mainly due to the fact that Elad Hazan and Yoram Singer both spent time working at Google. The search engine company seeks to build on these existing relationships and develop a larger ecosystem of collaboration within the Machine Learning field. With a number of real-world applications to Artificial Intelligence tech on the cusp of fruition like driverless cars and advanced speech recognition, turning to researchers from academic settings is becoming a widespread practice for tech firms who are looking to stay ahead of the competition. Both Singer and Hazan have made noteworthy contributions toward the optimization of Machine Learning systems and it is these kinds of achievements Google wants to leverage.
Elucidating on this announcement, Singer stated that they feel it’s a great opportunity, both for Machine Learning theorists at Princeton to take advantage from revelation to real-world computing problems, and for Google to benefit from long-term, unconstrained academic research that the company may integrate into future products.