SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean web giant Naver’s new European-based artificial intelligence research team has debuted at the company’s annual developers’ meeting this year.
The research group, dubbed Naver Labs Europe, is an institute based in Grenoble in Southeastern France that used to be called ‘Xerox Research Centre Europe’, which Naver took over from the international printer manufacturer Xerox Corporation.
According to Naver on Tuesday, four researchers from Naver Labs Europe gave research talks on a number of technologies including image recognition, big data and machine learning during the second day of ‘DEVIEW 2017’, the company’s annual meeting for developers.
Among the speakers at the event was internationally renowned researcher Florent Perronnin, who was previously the director of Facebook Artificial Intelligence Researchers (FAIR).
Perronnin announced the latest findings from the team’s research on large-scale search with polysemous codes.
The European researchers who spoke at the meeting said they were learning the culture of Naver Labs and putting significant effort into improving communication and cooperation with South Korea, while hoping their visit to DEVIEW 2017 contributes to the company’s overall efforts.
“We believe that this research announcement will serve as a good opportunity for local experts and industry officials, since Naver Labs Europe is the world’s biggest AI research organization,” said an anonymous source close to Naver.
This year’s meeting was held on October 16 and 17 at COEX in Southern Seoul, in the presence of international and South Korean IT developers, with Naver planning to continue its efforts to bring unite developers around the world.
Naver has accelerated its efforts to focus on AI technology development in recent years, with plans for various AI-dependent services and products to be released this year, including the AI speaker ‘Wave’ and AI-backed translation service Papago.
The internet giant earlier announced that it is investing 500 billion won (US$425 million) over the next five years to help develop AI technologies, as part of efforts to revamp itself into a company that combines AI, software and hardware products.
In addition to artificial intelligence, Naver also revealed its ambitious plans for robotics and self-driving technology at DEVIEW 2017, following in the footsteps of IT giants Google and Amazon.
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