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Published on August 1st, 2018 | by The GC Team

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LG to “drive evolution” of Artificial Intelligence technologies

LG Electronics Inc. has announced 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, is an extension of the newly expanded LG Silicon Valley AI Lab in Santa Clara, California, and augments the company’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.

“AI will ultimately touch everybody’s lives, transforming the way we live, work and play,” said LG Electronics President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. I.P. Park. “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.” He added that the North American labs and LG’s research partnership with the University of Toronto will play “a key role in developing source technologies defining that future.”

LG’s five-year, multi-million-dollar research partnership with the University of Toronto 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.”

University of Toronto President Meric Gertler  said: “The University of Toronto looks forward to partnering with an innovative global company like LG as our researchers continue to advance the boundaries of artificial intelligence. The presence of such leading, multi-national firms in our innovation ecosystem strengthens opportunities for our faculty, students and start-up companies across a whole range of disciplines.”

Dr. Park 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; 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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