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LG Launches North American Artificial Intelligence Lab

LG Electronics has established a major new Artificial Intelligence (AI) research lab in North America in collaboration with the University of Toronto.

The new research lab is 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 its global research capabilities, the company said, 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  for its AI and machine learning expertise, particularly in the area of deep learning, the company said.

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

He noted that the North American labs and LG’s research partnership will play a key role in developing source technologies.

Under its five-year 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 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.

Park noted the three 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 touch points— 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.”