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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), global leader in next-generation mobile technologies, are jointly starting a research lab. The lab will undertake research projects investigating state-of-art machine learning techniques for processing sensory data including image recognition on mobile and embedded systems.

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After the UvA spin-off company Euvision was acquired by QTI in September 2014, talks took place between the UvA and QTI about a possible research collaboration. This resulted in a joint research lab, which will form part of the UvA’s Informatics Institute at Amsterdam Science Park.

The agreement has been made for a period of five years and will involve between 15 to 20 researchers. The research lab’s management team will be comprised of Arnold Smeulders, professor of Computer Vision at the UvA, Max Welling, professor of Machine Learning at the UvA, and Cees Snoek, principal engineer at QTI and associate professor at the UvA. This new lab will also be located in close proximity to QTI’s recently established Amsterdam office which will facilitate further collaboration opportunities.

“This public-private collaboration is testament to the high quality of informatics research and teaching at the UvA,” says Prof. Karen Maex, dean of the Faculty of Sciences. “In the coming years the new lab will offer all kinds of opportunities to our information scientists, and by extension to our whole faculty.”

Johan Vos, director of Market Development at Faculty of Science, adds, “Following the partnership with ASML in the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL), this is the second important impetus for research and teaching at the Faculty of Science, and for Science Park as a place for knowledge and innovation.”

“We are very excited to start this collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and create a center of excellence for deep learning and other machine learning techniques for creating more intelligent device experiences,” said Samir Kumar, Senior Director Business Development & Product Management, Qualcomm Research.