Thales launches AI lab with IVADO, MILA, and Vector Institute

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Thales has made an investment in advancing safe and ethical applications of artificial intelligence by launching the Centre of Research and Technology in Artificial Intelligence expertise (cortAIx).

Thales says this will create 50 new jobs for AI researchers and developers, while also contributing to Thales’ global strategy of being a technology leader.

“With Thales’ leadership and the support of our partners, we will leverage Montréal’s unique ecosystem of world class talent and creativity to advance the applications of ethical artificial intelligence world-wide,” said Patrice Caine, CEO of Thales.

Working in collaboration with MILA (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms), IVADO (Institute of Data Valorization), and the Vector Institute of Toronto, cortAIx will help customers like airlines, satellite operators, air traffic controllers, and armed forces make better decisions.

The company was broad in describing cortAIx’s mission. The strategy behind creating cortAIx takes into account the struggle between understanding the mechanism of AI developments, and recognizing the ways in which humans interact with these systems. cortAIx brings together AI strategies with practical solutions that ensure data security.

Thales says it has invested over $1 billion in the past three years, with acquisitions like Guavas earlier this year and Vormetric last year to establish itself as a world leader in AI.

Aeman Ansari

Aeman Ansari

Aeman Ansari is a freelance writer who has been published in many Toronto-based publications, including Hazlitt and Torontoist. When she’s not re-watching Hitchcock movies, she’s working on her collection of short fiction inspired by stories from her grandmother, one of the few women in India to receive post-secondary education in English literature at the time.