LG Embraces AI with New Research Lab

LG has announced the establishment of the LG Electronics AI Research Lab in Canada as part of its effort to define the future of artificial intelligence (AI), which it sees as a key growth engine.

The announcement follows the recent expansion of the LG Silicon Valley AI Lab in Santa Clara, California and coincides with a new multimillion dollar research partnership with the University of Toronto, which is recognized for its expertise in AI and machine learning, particularly in the area of deep learning. LG also has AI research facilities in South Korea, India, and Russia.

Under the five-year partnership with the University of Toronto, LG said it will build on its “Open Platform-Open Partnership-Open Connectivity strategy to expand the AI ecosystem,” including the development of source technologies that will play a role in defining the future. As part of its broader strategy, LG said it also intends to collaborate with and invest in North American start-ups.

“AI will ultimately touch everybody’s lives, transforming the way we live, work, and play,” said Dr. I.P. Park, president and chief technology officer for LG Electronics. “Early implementations of AI in connected devices today are setting the stage for tomorrow’s smart cities, smart homes, smart businesses, and smart devices, all with capabilities that no one has even dreamed of yet.”

University of Toronto president Meric Gertler said the partnership will help advance the boundaries of AI as well as strengthen “opportunities for our faculty, students, and start-up companies across a whole range of disciplines.”

LG’s Park added: “AI solutions based on deep learning will revolutionize how we interact with the world around us, in new seamless ways that use contextual data from things like biometrics, emotions, gestures, and of course voice.”

The LG executive cited three main pillars of the company’s AI strategy:

1. The ability to evolve with time, so the more you use our products, the better they evolve to meet your specific needs.

2. The ability to integrate AI into diverse touchpoints — to have a seamless, consistent user experience across the entire LG product portfolio, from connected appliances and TVs to connected cars and smartphones.

3. Openness — our strategy is to provide the best AI experience for LG customers, leveraging the complementary capabilities of leading partners across the ecosystem.”


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