Google is partnering with Oxford University and has hired some of the best minds in the Artificial Intelligence field to “accelerate” its research efforts.
Google vice-president of engineering Demis Hassabis said special focus will be placed on the fields of image recognition and natural language.
Hassabis, who is co-founder of U.K. company DeepMind, which was acquired by Google in January, said the company will be working with two of Oxford’s “cutting edge” AI research teams. Prof. Nando de Freitas, Prof. Phil Blunsom, Dr. Edward Grefenstette and Dr. Karl Moritz Hermann, who “are four world leading experts in the use of deep learning for natural language understanding,” will lead the efforts to “enable machines to better understand what users are saying to them,” Hassabis said in a post on the Google Europe Blog.
Three of the world’s foremost experts on computer vision systems, Dr. Karen Simonyan, Max Jaderberg and Prof Andrew Zisserman, co-founders of Vision Factory, will also join the DeepMind team. The trio are working to improve visual recognition systems using deep learning.
“Google DeepMind has hired all seven founders of these startups with the three professors holding joint appointments at Oxford University where they will continue to spend part of their time,” Hassabis said.
“These exciting partnerships underline how committed Google DeepMind is to supporting the development of UK academia and the growth of strong scientific research labs.”
Google DeepMind will also open its wallet to help establish a research partnership with the Computer Science Department and the Engineering Department at Oxford University.