Microsoft opens $33 million AI research center in Taiwan

Laurent Giret

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As artificial intelligence is already having a big impact on the tech industry worldwide, Microsoft inaugurated today a new AI research in Taiwan. According to DigiTimes, Microsoft Taiwan plans to invest $33.77 million in the new location to form a 100-member AI R&D team over the next two years, aiming to raise this number to 500 in five years.

The researchers in the new AI R&D Center will focus on improving Microsoft’s Swiftkey keyboard for Chinese users, and also help to develop industrial AI solutions in the country. The new research center will also welcome Taiwanese post-doctoral students and hold competitions on AI collaboration in partnership with Taiwan’s Ministry of Science of Technology.

“Ken Sun, general manager of Microsoft Taiwan, said Taiwan boasts strong IT hardware manufacturing prowess and a large pool of outstanding software talent, making Taiwan one of the world’s best places for promoting AI-based industries,” wrote DigiTimes. “He stressed that Microsoft’s vision is to popularize AI applications, enabling every individuals and enterprises to apply AI and benefit from AI applications.”