LG expands North American artificial intelligence research labs

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Korean manufacturer LG Electronics Inc. (LG) is aiming to define the future of artificial intelligence (AI) for consumers and businesses in the years ahead, with the establishment of a major new AI research presence in North America in collaboration with leaders in academia and start-ups.

The new LG Electronics AI Research Lab in Canada has now been launched, an extension of the newly expanded LG Silicon Valley AI Lab in Santa Clara, California. Supporting LG’s vision of AI as a key future growth engine, the North American labs further enhance LG’s global research capabilities, which include AI labs in South Korea, India and Russia.

In addition, LG is entering into a new research partnership with the University of Toronto, which is recognised worldwide for its AI and machine learning expertise, particularly in the area of deep learning.

LG Electronics president and chief technology officer Dr. I.P. Park commented: “AI will ultimately touch everybody’s lives, transforming the way we live, work and play. Early implementations of AI in connected devices today are setting the stage for tomorrow’s smart cities, smart homes, smart businesses and smart devices, all with capabilities that no one has even dreamed of yet.”

Under its five-year, multi-million-dollar research partnership with the University of Toronto, LG will build on its Open Platform-Open Partnership-Open Connectivity strategy to expand the AI ecosystem. The new lab will capitalise on the expertise of researchers at the University of Toronto who will now have the opportunity to work collaboratively with LG’s growing U.S. and Canadian AI R&D teams. Complementing this work, LG intends to collaborate with and invest in North American start-ups.

Dr. Park continued: “AI solutions based on deep learning will revolutionise how we interact with the world around us, in new seamless ways that use contextual data from things like biometrics, emotions, gestures and of course voice.”

He also explained the three main pillars of LG’s AI strategy. “The first is the ability to evolve with time, so the more you use our products, the better they evolve to meet your specific needs,” he noted. “The second is the ability to integrate AI into diverse touchpoints – to have a seamless, consistent user experience across the entire LG product portfolio, from connected appliances and TVs to connected cars and smartphones. The third is openness; our strategy is to provide the best AI experience for LG customers, leveraging the complementary capabilities of leading partners across the ecosystem.”

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