LG partners with the University of Toronto to establish AI research lab

South Korean consumer electronics company LG has partnered with the University of Toronto to launch the LG Electronics AI Research Lab in Canada.

The five-year research partnership with the University of Toronto will allow LG to build on its Open Platform-Open Partnership-Open Connectivity strategy to expand the AI ecosystem. The AI lab will leverage the expertise of the university’s researchers, who will collaborate with LG’s North American research and development teams. LG said it also plans to collaborate with and invest in Canadian and US startups.

“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.”

LG currently has AI labs in South Korea, India, Russia, and Silicon Valley.

“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,” said Meric Gertler, the president of the University of Toronto. “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.”

“AI will ultimately touch everybody’s lives, transforming the way we live, work, and play,” said I.P. Park, the president and CTO of LG Electronics. “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.”

Park added that LG’s AI strategy focuses on integrating AI into diverse touchpoints, such as connected appliances and TVs to connected cars and smartphones. It also focuses on providing AI experiences for LG customers by leveraging the capabilities of its partners across the AI ecosystem.

“AI solutions based on deep learning will revolutionize how we interact with the world around us, in new seamless ways that use contextual data from things like biometrics, emotions, gestures, and of course voice,” said Park.

LG is not the first tech company to open an AI lab in Toronto. In March, Samsung announced that it would open its own AI research centre at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. In June, NVIDIA, the company behind the invention of the GPU, also opened an AI lab in Toronto.

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