Alibaba Group will invest $15B into a new global research and development program


Alibaba Group announced today that it plans to invest more than $15 billion over the next three years into a global research and development initiative called Alibaba DAMO Academy. DAMO Academy (the initials stand for "discovery, adventure, momentum and outlook") will be led by Alibaba Group chief technology officer Jeff Zhang and start by opening labs in seven cities around the world: Beijing and Hangzhou in China; San Mateo and Bellevue in the U.S.; Moscow, Russia; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Singapore. Alibaba's researchers will collaborate closely with university programs such as U.C. Berkeley's RISE Lab, which is developing technologies that enable computers to make secure decisions based on real-time data. DAMO Academy's current advisory board also includes professors from Princeton, Harvard, MIT, the University of Washington, Columbia University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Peking University and Zhejiang University. Research will focus on a wide array of areas, including data intelligence, the Internet of Things, financial tech, quantum computing and human-machine interaction.

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