LG Electronics Inc. has launched the new LG Electronics AI Research Lab in Canada, an extension of the newly expanded LG Silicon Valley AI Lab, in Santa Clara, CA.
Supporting LG's vision of AI as a key future growth engine, the North American labs further enhance 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, which is recognized worldwide for its AI and machine learning expertise, particularly in the area of deep learning.
"AI will ultimately touch everybody's lives, transforming the way we live, work and play," says LG Electronics President and CTO 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."
The North American labs and LG's research partnership with the University of Toronto, Dr. Park adds, will play a key role in developing source technologies defining that future.
Under its five-year, multi-million-dollar research partnership with the University of Toronto, LG will build on its Open Platform-Open Partnership-Open Connectivity strategy to expand the AI ecosystem. The new lab will capitalize 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.
"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," adds University of Toronto President Meric Gertler. "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 solutions based on deep learning will revolutionize how we interact with the world around us," continues Dr. Park, "in new seamless ways that use contextual data from things like biometrics, emotions, gestures and of course voice."
According to Dr. Park, there are 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."
Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto meets with LG Electronics President and CTO Dr. I.P. Park to mark the opening of the new LG Electronics AI Research Lab in Canada.