Stanford, Toyota launch artificial-intelligence research center

Envisioning a world in which self-driving cars safely navigate streets and intelligent robots aid in the health care of seniors and others, Toyota Motor Corporation announced Friday that it will be investing approximately $50 million over the next five years to establish joint artificial-intelligence (AI) research centers at Stanford University and MIT. “We will initially focus on the acceleration of intelligent-vehicle technology,” said Kiyotaka Ise, Toyota senior managing officer and chief officer, R&D Group, “with the immediate goal of helping eliminate traffic casualties and the ultimate goal of helping improve quality of life through enhanced mobility and robotics.” Fei-Fei Li, associate professor of computer science and director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL), will direct the new SAIL-Toyota Center for AI Research. Early on, the new effort will focus…


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