Amazon backs German artificial
intelligence research hub
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[October 23, 2017]
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Amazon.com
will open an artificial intelligence research center in the German
university city of Tuebingen, creating 100 jobs over the next five
It joins BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Facebook and Porsche in backing a German
initiative launched last year and focused on areas such as robotics,
machine learning and computer vision.
The research center will be located adjacent to the Max Planck Institute
for Intelligent Systems and draw on the expertise of two of its experts,
Prof. Bernhard Schoelkopf and Prof. Michael J. Black.
Schoelkopf is co-inventor of technology that enables computers to
"It's at the heart of every decision taken by machine learning," said
Ralf Herbrich, Amazon's director of machine learning.
Black is a specialist in computer vision and founder of Body Labs, a
company acquired by Amazon that has developed AI to analyze
three-dimensional human body motion and shape.
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The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in
Lauwin-Planque, northern France, February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal
With an understanding of causality, artificial intelligence systems can
predict customer behavior in response to automated decisions, Herbrich
told Reuters, noting this can be used to order online search results to
improve the user experience.
Amazon said it would also contribute 1.25 million euros ($1.5
million) to Germany's Cyber Valley collaborative research effort and
a further 420,000 euros ($500,000) to fund individual research
(Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Jason Neely)
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