In Greater Montréal, artificial intelligence (AI) is expanding at lightning speed

Indeed, a new grant from Google for the Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) will fund seven faculty across a number of Montréal institutions and will help tackle some of the biggest challenges in machine learning and AI, including applications in the realm of systems that can understand and generate natural language.

Google is expanding its academic support of deep learning at MILA, renewing Yoshua Bengio’s Focused Research Award and offering Focused Research Awards to MILA faculty at University of Montréal and McGill University. These awards taken together, for a period of 3 years, bring Google’s total donation to MILA to a total of $4.5 million.

In addition to this grant, Google is opening a deep learning and AI research group in Montréal, linked to the Google Brain team in Mountain View, California. It will be led by Hugo Larochelle, a leader within the deep learning community.


This investment paired with a burgeoning AI start-up community and substantial government funding to the IVADO hub for data science, deep learning and operations research has turned Montréal into a global machine intelligence powerhouse. In collaboration with academic partners such as Google, incubators and start-ups, MILA and IVADO are making Montréal a hub for AI and technological innovation.

The Government of Canada recently announced the funding of $ 213,187,000 (Canada First Research Excellence Fund) to the Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and McGill University. Of this amount, $ 93.5 million will go to artificial intelligence research and to IVADO, which has also raised $ 110 million from the private sector.

For Montréal International, Greater Montréal investment promotion agency, Québec’s metropolis has all the assets to take advantage of the digital revolution and consolidate its lead. “Over the next few years, the artificial intelligence industry will experience tremendous growth and its effect will be felt in all sectors of the economy,” said Mr. Bolduc. “Greater Montréal has everything it needs to develop cutting-edge expertise. That’s why Montréal International is committed to promoting and supporting this key industry by attracting more foreign investment and more talent to the region.”

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