In May 2019, telecommunications giant Ericsson launched the Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator (GAIA) in Montréal, a hub dedicated to research and development (R&D) in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. And in October 2019 in partnership with Mitacs, GAIA Montréal announced the hub’s 80 inaugural graduate-student interns.
This strategic partnership between Mitacs and Ericsson, which we have supported for a number of years, will help advance AI expertise in Montréal and meet the growing demand of highly skilled workers. – Stéphane Paquet, now President and CEO of Montréal International
Selected from universities across Canada — including Concordia University, École de technologie supérieure, McGill University, Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan and Université de Moncton — these masters- and PhD-level student researchers will, over the next three years, apply their expertise in AI and machine learning to help develop robust, intelligent, data-driven systems, including a 5G network across Canada.
“The GAIA partnership and the Ericsson hub in Montréal strategically align deep-learning experts to further AI research and development,” says Eric Bosco, Chief Business Development and Partnerships Officer at Mitacs.
GAIA’s Montréal hub is part of Ericsson’s global R&D network, which includes similar hubs in the United States, Sweden and India. The Montréal location is also the latest project in a five-year agreement between Ericsson and Mitacs, which aims to advance innovation in the AI ecosystem by fostering research collaborations between academia and industry.