The web titan Google has acquired a Canadian three person start-up DNNresearch, which was founded by University of Toronto professor Geoffrey Hinton and two of his graduate students, Alex Krizhevsky and Ilya Sutskever. Congratulations to Hinton and his team!
DNNresearch was incorporated in 2010, focused on voice and image recognition.
The university said that Hinton is renowned for machine learning work with “profound implications” for areas such as speech recognition, computer vision and language understanding.
Google had earlier awarded a gift of about $600,000 to Hinton’s research group to support further work in the area of neural nets. It is also supporting research at the department in the area of machine-learning, but will have no control over the direction of the research, the university said.
“Together with two of my recent graduate students, I am betting on Google’s team to be the epicenter of future breakthroughs,” Hinton said in a post at Google+ social network.
“That means we’ll soon be joining Google to work with some of the smartest engineering minds to tackle some of the biggest challenges in computer science.”
Hinton said he will continue to teach part-time at the University of Toronto while working at California-based Google to “see what we can do with very large-scale computation.”
Sutskever and Krizhevsky were to join the team at Google’s campus in Silicon Valley.
Professor Hinton wrote in a Google+ post: “Last summer, I spent several months working with Google’s Knowledge team in Mountain View, working with Jeff Dean and an incredible group of scientists and engineers who have a real shot at making spectacular progress in machine learning. Together with two of my recent graduate students, Ilya Sutskever and Alex Krizhevsky (who won the 2012 ImageNet competition), I am betting on Google’s team to be the epicenter of future breakthroughs. That means we’ll soon be joining Google to work with some of the smartest engineering minds to tackle some of the biggest challenges in computer science. I’ll remain part-time at the University of Toronto, where I still have a lot of excellent graduate students, but at Google I will get to see what we can do with very large-scale computation.” [image: Hinton’s Google+ page]