Facebook Expands AI Research with New Paris Lab

Although it does not have quite the same name recognition as IBMEUs Watson, Facebook has quietly been committing more and more resources to its artificial intelligence (AI) research division. On Tuesday, the company announced plans to further expand its research team with a new office in Paris dedicated to FAIR, or Facebook AI Research.

Facebook has been developing its AI department for a little over a year. The goal is to develop AI systems that are capable of sorting through different types of information, including text, images, video and more, according to the company. The social media giant plans to embed the AI technology into its various apps and services to make it easier for users to sort through all the information on their news feeds and messages.

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The staff of the new office will report to Yann LeCun (pictured above), a noted AI researcher Facebook brought onboard from New York University several years ago. The Paris office will be staffed by about a dozen computer science researchers, while LeCun will stay in New York where he will oversee a team of more than 40 scientists in Paris, New York and Menlo Park, Calif.

The Paris team will work on ambitious long-term research projects in image recognition, natural language processing, speech recognition, and the kinds of physical and logical infrastructure required to run such AI systems, according to LeCun. EUItEUs our hope that this research will ultimately help us make services like news feed, photos and search even better and enable an entirely new set of ways to connect and share,EU the company said in a statement announcing the news.

Facebook said it chose Paris as the location for a new AI research lab in part due to the number of researchers located there. The company has...

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