Samsung to open AI research centre in England

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the Korean-based electronics giant, will open a new artificial-intelligence center in Cambridge, England, as the company seeks to benefit from cutting-edge academic research into the technology.

Andrew Blake, a pioneering researcher in the development of systems that enable computers to interpret visual data, and a former director of Microsoft Corp.’s Cambridge Research Lab, will head the new Samsung AI center, the company said Tuesday.

The center may hire as many as 150 AI experts, bringing the total number of people Samsung has working on research and development in the U.K. to 400 “in the near future,” the company said.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Samsung’s new lab would create high-paying, high-skilled jobs. “It is a vote of confidence in the U.K. as a world leader in artificial-intelligence,” she said.

Samsung said it selected Cambridge because the University of Cambridge is world-renowned for its work on

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