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Nvidia leaves a 'paper' trail

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Groundbreaking research has always been an important aspect of SIGGRAPH, as scientists and researchers present the latest industry advancements to conference-goers. So, the fact that Nvidia, in collaboration with top academic researchers at 14 universities, will be presenting a record number (16) of research papers at this year's conference is astounding. When a reinforcement learning model is used to develop a physics-based animated character, the AI typically learns just one skill at a time: walking, running, or perhaps cartwheeling. But researchers from UC Berkeley, the University of Toronto, and Nvidia have created a framework that enables AI to learn a whole repertoire of skills--demonstrated with a warrior character who can wield a sword, use a shield, and get back up after a fall. Achieving these smooth, lifelike motions for animated characters is usually tedious and labor-intensive, with developers starting from scratch to train the AI for each new task.


Nvidia, University of Toronto are making robotics research available to small firms

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This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. The human hand is one of the fascinating creations of nature, and one of the highly sought goals of artificial intelligence and robotics researchers. A robotic hand that could manipulate objects as we do would be enormously useful in factories, warehouses, offices, and homes. Yet despite tremendous progress in the field, research on robotics hands remains extremely expensive and limited to a few very wealthy companies and research labs. Now, new research promises to make robotics research available to resource-constrained organizations.


NVIDIA is the latest foreign technology giant to open an AI lab in Toronto

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Silicon Valley computer chip giant NVIDIA Corp. on Wednesday became the latest foreign tech giant to establish an artificial intelligence lab in Canada, hiring University of Toronto computer science assistant professor Sanja Fidler to lead the effort. The company, which has about one-quarter of its 50 downtown Toronto employees focused on AI, plans to at least double the size of its operation, with most of the new hires tasked "to work specifically on pie-in-the-sky kinds of AI research," said Rev Lebaredian, an NVIDIA vice president. Ms. Fidler, a Slovenian-born academic, will devote about half her time to NVIDIA and the balance to supervising graduate students at U of T, where she has gained a reputation as one of the bright lights of the computer science department, winning several research and faculty awards, including a nod as professor of the year in 2014-15 from the faculty's student union. She also gained notoriety along with fellow U of T researchers for using AI to help people determine if their outfits were stylish and also to generate Christmas songs based on computer analysis of holiday images. Ms. Fidler was not available for an interview.


NVIDIA Opening AI Research Lab in Toronto NVIDIA Blogs

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Toronto is a thriving hub for AI experts, thanks in part to foundational work out of the University of Toronto and government-supported research organizations like the Vector Institute. We're tapping further into this expertise by investing in a new AI research lab -- led by leading computer scientist Sanja Fidler -- that will become the focal point of our presence in the city. NVIDIA's Toronto office opened in 2015, leveraging our acquisition of TransGaming, a game-technology company, and currently numbers about 50. With the new lab, our goal is to triple the number of AI and deep learning researchers working there by year's end. It will be a state-of-art facility for AI talent to work in and will expand the footprint of our office by about half to accommodate the influx of talent.


Nvidia reveals special 32GB Titan V 'CEO Edition' GPU, and then gives away a bunch

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Video: AMD and Intel: Frenemies aligned vs Nvidia. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has unveiled a new souped-up variant of its $3,000 Titan V GPU, which the company launched last year and billed as the most powerful PC GPU ever. Huang unveiled the'Titan V CEO Edition' at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he gave away 20 of the cards to AI researchers working on robotics and autonomous driving projects. And for now, these are the only people in the world who can get their hands on this limited edition model. The Titan V is Nvidia's most powerful PC GPU, but while gamers may drool over its power, the $3,000 board is aimed primarily at researchers and scientists.


NVIDIA Announces AI Research Centre in Toronto

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Brace yourself for one you haven't heard before--a huge name in the technology industry is opening up an AI centre in Canada. To be more specific, Toronto--and that massive name is NVIDIA who today announced a brand new AI research lab to accompany the tech company's office that opened in 2015 after acquiring TransGaming. Sanja Fidler will lead NVIDIA's Toronto lab, drawing form her expertise in computer science as a professor at the University of Toronto. Fidler is also a member of the Vector Institute, which NVIDIA name-dropped in their announcement as reasoning for Toronto becoming a thriving AI hub. Fidler's main research goals involve deep learning and computer vision, with a bit of natural language processing thrown in.