Microsoft to launch AI research centre in Taiwan Microsoft is investing 1 billion NTD (33 million USD) to set up an Artificial Intelligence Research Centre in Taipei City, Taiwan. The Taiwanese government has welcomed the announcement as a resounding note of confidence in the country’s human capital and a boost to its manufacturing, tech and engineering industries.
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Source: Microsoft News Centre Asia
At a ceremony in Taipei Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer David Ku said that the centre “aims to develop AI core technologies, with a focus on Intelligent Input, Audience Intent Recognition, and AI Vertical Industrial Integration.”
Ken Sun, General Manager of Microsoft Taiwan stated that Taiwan’s outstanding talent pool in mathematics, engineering and the sciences were key factors in the decision to locate the centre in Taiwan.
The company is collaborating on AI research with a range of Taiwanese bodies, including the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and the Ministry of Education (MOE). It is also working with industries, academia and research institutions.
The centre will employ a research team of 100 over the next two years, doubling to 200 within five years. Microsoft will begin a campus recruitment tour in March and April 2018.
According to Taiwan’s Premier William Lai, the Taiwanese government will invest a total of 16 billion New Taiwan dollars (USD 540 million) over the next five years in AI research.
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