Facebook Establishes Artificial-Intelligence Research Team in Paris

By David Cohen Comment

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Facebook announced the establishment of an artificial-intelligence research team in Paris, as well as a collaborative agreement with French research institute Inria.

The social network said Facebook AI Research Paris joins its already-existing teams in Menlo Park, Calif., and New York, and it will focus on “ambitious long-term research projects” involving image recognition, natural language processing, speech recognition and related physical and logical infrastructure.

Facebook added that the agreement with Inria “opens up new joint study opportunities for talented research professionals, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.”

More details about Facebook AI Research Paris were provided in a Newsroom post:

We chose Paris for this expansion because France is home to some of the best researchers in the world. We think the FAIR Paris team will bring valuable expertise and new perspectives to our work, and we plan to work openly with and invest in the AI research community in France, the European Union and beyond as we strive to make meaningful progress in these fields.

We have a collaborative agreement in place with Inria, a leading research institute in Paris, which opens up new joint study opportunities for talented research professionals, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. We believe this open model ultimately spurs more innovation, encourages collaboration and mutual review and helps us all move faster.

Our work in AI research is still relatively early. But we’ve built a terrific team and have already made some encouraging progress, and we’re excited to see where this work takes us and what it will allow us to build for the people we serve.

Readers: What are your thoughts on Facebook’s AI work?

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