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May 20, 2019 10:27 am

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to Open Israeli Branch

avatar by Meir Orbach / CTech

IDF soldiers working with computer technology. Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

CTech – Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence announced Monday a plan to open an Israeli branch with an investment of NIS 30 million ($8.4 million). Founded in 2014 with funding from late billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the institute’s goal is to conduct high-impact AI research and engineering. The Israel branch will be the institute’s first outside of the US.

The Seattle institute is headed by Oren Etzioni, an Israeli-American computer scientist and AI expert, who leads a team of over 100 researchers and engineers.

Yoav Goldberg, a professor at the department of computer science at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, will lead the institute’s local branch. In a statement, Goldberg said his team will focus on natural language processing, and that the institute has already recruited several engineers and academics.

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