Facebook’s AI Research Arm Launches Partnership Program

by • March 4, 2016 • FacebookComments Off on Facebook’s AI Research Arm Launches Partnership Program3111

Facebook conducts many types of research. One of these is in AI, and the company has really invested a lot of money in it. I mean, why not? Artificial Intelligence is a big trend and it’s big future business for companies but also very important in solving everyday problems. Now, Facebook AI Research (FAIR), is launching a Partnership Program to focus further on the field, engage the community and encourage collaboration.

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Facebook AI Research was created in 2013, to advance “the science of artificial intelligence, focusing on the large, unsolved problems in the field”. AI and “solving” it, will take a lot of time and research, so Facebook understands that a lot of collaboration with the community is needed over the next few years.

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So, Facebook also understands the need for “interactions between researchers” for which it is now striving. As Serkan Piantino and Florent Perronnin explain in the post announcing the program,

There is no monopoly on ideas — the field advances quickly when large and diverse sets of researchers build on top of each other’s work. The larger the interacting community, the faster the progress.

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To help the field, FAIR is launching its Facebook AI Research Partnership Program which will donate 25 GPU servers to research institutions across Europe. The first will be in Germany, and they will be used to help AI research and machine learning efforts. It’s not only the hardware though. FAIR will also be providing those institutions with the software to run it and to make sure they have the researchers to make use of.

The first to receive a donation as part of the program is Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller at TU Berlin. He “will receive four GPU servers that will enable his team to make quicker progress in two research areas: image analysis of breast cancer and chemical modeling of molecules”.

Academic research institutions can find out more about the program here.

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