Chinese Huawei, one of the world’s biggest phone-and telecom equipment developers is forming a partnership with UC Berkeley that will focus on AI-research through the support of Huawei funding the project with $1 million.

Huawei announces the partnership on their website, deeming the partnership ‘strategic’ for their future development in AI research. Through a close cooperation, Huawei’s Noah’s Ark Laboratory and Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) will cover various areas of AI, anything from deep learning, reinforcement learning, machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision.

“The two parties believe that this strategic partnership will fuel the advancement of AI technology and create completely new experiences for people, thus contributing greatly to society at large,” Huawei reports.

Teaming up with a world-known university to support the research of AI will potentially benefit Huawei and UC Berkeley in various ways. Artificial intelligence is not new to US Berkeley as the university has a profound expertise in machine learning and other branches of AI. The newly founded BAIR-lab includes two dozen faculty members and more than one hundred graduate students. The hopes of Huawei is that these graduates will most likely pursue a career within artificial intelligence, whether it is within research or the practical implications of the technologies.

Since its establishment four years ago, Huawei’s Noah’s Ark Laboratory have dedicated to researching artificial intelligence, developing anything from deep learning, telecom big data analytics, telecom network control, flow data mining and image data mining. However, Huawei is not the first company to team up with universities, as companies such as Facebook, Goole, Amazon and Apple have done similar projects in the past.

This cooperation could potentially boost Huawei in the race of the rapidly increasing competition of staying ahead of the development of AI that the majority of the larger tech-companies are facing today. It will be exciting to see whether this cooperation will serve its purpose, but it is certainly a good place to start.

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