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Nuance Partners with Academic Institution to Advance AI Research


The team hopes to create AI that has positive effects on real-world applications.

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Health-tech giant Nuance Communications and artificial intelligence (AI) academic institution Mila are collaborating on research to advance cutting-edge work in machine learning and meaningfully enhance AI applications, according to an announcement today.

Nuance provides conversational AI and ambient intelligence solutions that understand, analyze and respond to human language to increase productivity. It has a large footprint in healthcare. Mila, meanwhile, is a Canadian academic research institution dedicated to advancing machine learning.

“The future of AI is being shaped by the researchers and technologists who are developing these important systems,” said Yoshua Bengio, Ph.D., founder and scientific director of Mila. “Creating an AI ecosystem with important partners like Nuance ensures that we are all working together to create AI that has positive effects on real-world applications.”

Nuance will staff an AI lab at Mila’s headquarters in Montreal, Canada. The company’s global research and development team includes more than 2,800 researchers, speech scientists and engineers focused on AI. They are focused on applications involving speech enhancement, recognition and synthesis, natural language understanding and dialog, biometrics and diagnostic imaging.

“Our research team has been at the forefront of conversational AI innovation for the last 20 years, and this partnership allows us to work more closely with the global academic AI research community to advance the latest in AI innovation and applications,” said Joe Petro, M.S., chief technology officer of Nuance.

Nuance researchers will partner with Mila interns on projects and participate in joint research, publications and knowledge-sharing talks.

“We look forward to working alongside Nuance to continue to advance this critical work,” Bengio said.

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