At a reception held on January 22 2018 at the Québec Government Office in London, Québec firm Element AI announced that they are to expand into Europe with the opening of a new office in London. The reception and announcement came as part of a collaborative Artificial Intelligence (AI) mission. This mission involved companies and researchers from Québec, Canada as a whole and the UK, and was held between 22nd-25th of January 2018 in London, Oxford and Cambridge.
Founded by Québec entrepreneurs and scientists - CEO Jean-François Gagné, Dr. Nicolas Chapados and Professor Yoshua Bengio - Element AI is headquartered in Montréal. The company provides ground-breaking artificial intelligence solutions to enterprise organisations. They do so by bringing together the best AI experts and entrepreneurs, in order to produce next generation AI capabilities. The company’s mission is to solve the world’s most difficult problems, by delivering AI applications that give international companies an edge, thus allowing them to outperform competitors. Element AI is financed by leading investors, such as National Bank and Microsoft Ventures.
The UK branch of Quebec’s Element AI will focus on ‘AI for Good’. In order to use AI for good causes, Element AI will work in London to expand its powerful and unusual collaborative network. This network links non-governmental organizations and university researchers to industry. Such an approach promotes knowledge transfer in a way which benefits everyone. The office in London will serve as Element AI’s headquarters in Europe. Element AI’s London team will comprise at least 20 full-time researchers and employees, and will be headed by leading scientist Dr. Julien Cornebise. Dr. Cornebise has previously worked at DeepMind and with Amnesty International. His UK team is set to grow over time.
Element AI’s decision to expand to London reflects the excellent state of AI developments in Québec and the UK. Québec as a whole is a world-leading hub in AI development, with many exceptional researchers and companies working in Montréal and Québec City, while the UK has a strong research and innovation ecosystem in AI.
For further information, please consult Element AI’s website.