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Google continues focus on machine learning, further expands its largest non-US research group in Europe

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Artificial Intelligence is by far the hottest topic of this tech era. And the company that’s leading this revolution is pretty squarely, Google. Continuing with that, the company announced on Thursday that it is expanding its largest non-US engineering center in a bid to focus on its machine learning branch and enhance its products.

Google’s machine learning powers many of its tools including  Translate, Photo Search, SmartReply for Inbox and many more. This makes machine learning essential for the company’s success. While the technology has seen a lot of advancement in the past few months, Google wants to accelerate this process even further. With that in mind, the company is setting up a dedicated Machine Learning research group in Europe, based in their Zurich office.

The company says that the primary goal of Google Research, Europe will be to foster an environment where software engineers and researchers specialising in machine learning can develop products and conduct research. Apparently, the new research group will focus on machine intelligence, natural language processing and machine perception.

Overall, the teams working under Zurich will focus on improving the infrastructure of the currently trending artificial intelligence, broadly facilitating research for the community and enabling it to be put to practical use.

This is not the first time the Zurich research centers have gotten the opportunity to do something extraordinary. Previous assignments of the center include developing the engine that powers Knowledge Graph, as well as the conversation engine that powers the Google Assistant in Allo. In fact, Zurich is already the home of Google’s largest engineering office outside the US.

Europe is home to some of the world’s premier technical universities, making it an ideal place to build a top-notch research team. We look forward to collaborating with all the the excellent Computer Science research that is coming from the region, and hope to contribute towards the wider academic community through our publications and academic support,
writes Emmanuel Mogenet, Head of Google Research, Europe.

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