McGill professor to head DeepMind research lab in Montreal

October 11, 2017

DeepMind, an AI company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, will be opening a new AI research lab in Montreal that will be headed by McGill University Computer Science Professor Doina Precup. “The lab is going to focus on reinforcement learning, which is my specialty, and deep learning and the intersection of these kinds of algorithms,” said Precup. “We try to set up reward systems so that automated algorithms can learn what’s the right thing to do, especially when there is a whole sequence of actions that need to be done.” The Montreal Gazette reports that the lab will be DeepMind’s second research lab in Canada, following the Edmonton lab announced in July. Montreal Gazette