Facebook expands AI doctoral programme to London

Facebook is expanding its artificial intelligence (AI) doctoral programme to the United Kingdom as part of a four-year research partnership with University College London, the company announced on Tuesday 23 February. Students of the programme will spend time at both UCL and Facebook as they pursue projects that can contribute to the company’s efforts to publish open-source research, writes Katie Collins for CNET.

Facebook’s efforts in the world of artificial intelligence can be seen across all of its products, from using machine learning to provide content in different languages, to tracking hand movements in Oculus VR, to helping remove hate speech and other harmful content. The company works in collaboration with the global academic community in order to ensure that its own research complements and is also accessible to other AI researchers through the open-sourcing of its work.

“Working so closely with academia has been a huge positive for us over the last decade, and it’s something we’re going to do much more of in the coming years,” said Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, announcing the PhD programme expansion in a speech to the Oxford University Student Union.
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