McGill University – An international laboratory for artificial intelligence was born in Montreal

The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), McGill University, Ecole Polytechnique Supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal, University of Paris-Saclay, École CentraleSupélec and the Québec Institute of Artificial Intelligence (Mila) have joined together to establish an international research laboratory in artificial intelligence (AI), ILLS (International Laboratory for Learning Systems) This confirms Montreal’s position as a leader in this field.

Despite significant advances in artificial intelligence in recent years, this laboratory allows the collection and acquisition of new theoretical knowledge in this field, in order to better understand the possibilities of this new technology, but also to secure the use of algorithms.machine learning. The center will therefore focus on five main research topics: fundamental aspects of artificial intelligence, sequential (real-time) machine learning, robust autonomous systems, natural language and speech processing, as well as possible applications of vision, signaling, and information processing systems.

In addition, ILLS will emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration to develop new methods and integrate these technologies into machine learning systems.

“This new lab confirms Montreal’s position as a global leader in artificial intelligence,” says Benoit Boulet, associate vice director of research and innovation at McGill University. This center is attracting more and more talent, and the McGill research team and student community are involved every step of the way. This initiative will provide an opportunity for our research team to make further game-changing breakthroughs. »

ÉTS’ AI expertise includes numerous AI laboratories and research chairs. This collaboration between France and Quebec makes it possible to innovate and deepen research in the field of artificial intelligence, a comprehensive system that we can benefit from in many areas, including health, the built environment, robotics and the Internet of Things. That is why ÉTS is proud to welcome ILLS to its founding. said Christian Casanova, Director of Research and Partnerships at ÉTS.

“With its mechanisms that promote international cooperation, the National Center for Scientific Research supports promising pioneering research projects. This new international research laboratory brings together a strong network of French and Quebec researchers to advance knowledge and applications in the field of artificial intelligence. It also allows CNRS to strengthen its links with the Canadian AI community The entirety.”, confirms Antoine Petit, CEO of CNRS.

AI Paris-Saclay has nearly 1,000 researchers, educators, researchers, engineers, technicians, and about forty laboratories grouped together in our DataIA Institute. We will make our contribution to the ILLS in the form of researchers’ mobility, including the reception of Canadian fellows at Paris-Sclay, the reception of master’s trainees, and thesis funding in particular/among others. The University of Paris-Saclay is honored and proud to participate in this signing ceremony for the establishment of the IRL ILLS and to ensure its joint supervision. Adds Michael Gidal, vice president for science and engineering at the university.

“The ILLS, resulting from an unprecedented international consortium, offers a unique potential for advancement in the field of artificial intelligence. It is a great honor for CentraleSupélec to partner with our reputable partners in this laboratory. With the support of this research, our education will be at the forefront of the world regarding artificial intelligence. Added Roman Supélec, Director of CentraleSupélec.

ILLS will be part of the burgeoning Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector in Montreal, which has been attracting many public and private investments for several years now. The city has also positioned itself as one of the world’s leaders in artificial intelligence, with nearly 27,000 jobs and more than 14,000 enrolled in post-secondary programs in the field.

The ILLS is the last laboratory of its kind to see the light of day in Canada, and more specifically in Quebec. In 2014, the CNRS and Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Nature et technologie (FRQNT) signed a letter of intent to support and strengthen the tradition of scientific cooperation between France and Quebec. The result: 2 new international research laboratories in Quebec in 2022 (plus 3 international laboratories already in Quebec) and several other collaborative research projects across the province.

The signing ceremony was attended by: Frédéric Sanchez of the Consulate General of France, Remy Kerrion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, Antoine Petit (CNRS), Suzanne Fortier (McGill University), François Gagnon (ÉTS), Michel Gidal (University of Paris-Saclay), Franck Riccikour ( Central School Sobelik) and Lawrence Beaulieu (Milla).

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