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AI Sweden connects with Mila in Canada

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Montreal in Canada is one of the world-leading places for AI research and development, with the research institute Mila at the helm. AI Sweden is now proud to announce our partnership with Mila and that we are establishing a node for collaboration in Montreal.

Mila is the largest academic research center in deep learning in the world and attracts significant investments for AI research from the private sector. Montreal is also a very attractive place for the world’s AI talents.

Through the partnership with Mila, we can connect organizations and companies in Sweden closer to the AI ​​hub that Montreal and Canada constitutes, and create great opportunities for collaboration, talent exchanges and knowledge transfer with one of the world’s foremost AI ecosystems. We are very happy to initiate this relationship to strengthen Swedish competitiveness and welfare”, says Martin Svensson, Co-Director AI Sweden.

The investment, which is partly financed by Sweden’s Innovation Agency, Vinnova, means that AI Sweden places staff at Mila and thereby establishes a physical presence in Montreal. An important aspect is to link Sweden and Canada more closely in collaborations that are AI related. Among other things, Canada is one of the main players behind the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI).

Other Swedish companies, such as AstraZeneca, have also seen the possibilities and have already established their presence at Mila. Sweden is an interesting country for Mila from several aspects. Ranking among the most innovative countries in the world, Sweden also has a well-organized public sector with a long tradition of documentation and data collection.

Sweden and Québec have a lot in common, and this partnership with AI Sweden means that we can share knowledge and strengthen each other's work to accelerate AI research and development in our communities. We are very pleased to welcome AI Sweden into Mila’s ecosystem and to our premises in Montreal,” says Yoshua Bengio, Mila’s Founder and Scientific Director.

AI Sweden’s presence in Montreal was initiated in the autumn of 2021 and will eventually be scaled up. The main purpose is to find collaborative synergies that can strengthen Swedish competitiveness and welfare.

Reach out to Peter Kurzwelly if you want to learn more.