Huawei signs $1 million AI research partnership with UC Berkeley


In yet another example of a tech giant fueling and propelling growth by tieing up with educational and research institutes, Huawei has partnered up with UC Berkeley to supplement its capabilities in Artificial Intelligence. The company will be providing the University with $1 million in research grants.

Huawei’s Noah’s Ark Laboratory and Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) have together reached an understanding, which is being termed as a strategic partnership into basic research. The research mentioned here is basic merely in name and deals with stuff like deep learning, reinforcement learning, machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision.

The two parties believe that this strategic partnership will fuel the advancement of AI technology and create completely new experiences for people, thus contributing greatly to society at large.

The $1 million grant is merely the first part of what may have the potential to grow into a much larger investment.

The areas of collaboration are pretty important. Machine learning has the potential to basically alter most of the important fields for the better. Fromm data analysis to self driving cars, it is being deployed everywhere and thanks to the tech, the lines of what a company can or can not do are quickly blurring.

To propel growth in the field, companies are now signing deals and collaborating with universities and institutes of academic excellence. Thanks to their grants and financial assistance, universities are able to provide students with significantly improved facilities while these companies can influence the direction of the research — also getting access to the technology that comes out.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft are all examples of companies that have been ramping up the technologies they possess by offering grants to universities and colleges. Although, snapping up startups has been another favorite strategy of these money loaded corporations.

Huawei is not a newcomer to R&D. Indeed, the company may just be near the top of the list of companies proactively working to propel growth. Not only does the company invest over $8 billion annually into research and development, but it also has a dedicated team of as many as 75,000 employees working to develop up and coming technologies.

Meanwhile, the BAIR lab is a good partner for a collaboration in the sector. The lab has already entered into partnership with the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Adobe, Amazon, Yahoo Japan, Nvidia, Intel etc. and has almost 2 dozen faculty and 100 grad students that are working upon topics that are of interest to these corporations. With this investment, Huawei is hoping to influence and have access to some of the most exciting developments in Machine learning and AI.



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