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Internationally Acclaimed Expert Tomáš Mikolov is Coming From Facebook AI to Join CIIRC CTU. He Will Focus on The Development of Strong Artificial Intelligencevelopment of Strong Artificial Intelligence

The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, part of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CIIRC CTU), is boosting its research team. As of April 2020, Tomáš Mikolov, an internationally recognised authority in artificial intelligence research who also helped improve the Google translator, will join CIIRC as the head of a research group. His arrival at CIIRC CTU was made possible thanks to the new RICAIP centre project, that aims to enable CIIRC CTU, together with partners from the Czech Republic and Germany, to strengthen their position in the artificial intelligence and robotics research for advanced industrial production in Europe.

Tomáš Mikolov is generally known to the scientific community and the general public for his success in dramatically improving the function of language recognition and processing applications, such as Google’s machine translator. He did this by creating new neural network models that considerably surpassed previous approaches to language modelling. The improvements that followed in the field of natural language processing were the greatest in recent decades. At the beginning of 2019, he won the Neuron Award for Significant Discovery in Computer Science.

Eight years ago, after successfully completing a doctoral programme at Brno University of Technology, he left the Czech Republic to gradually settled in at Google Brain or later Microsoft Research. He comes to CIIRC CTU from Facebook AI Research, where he has been developing intelligent algorithms for natural machine to human communication since 2014.

ikolov is returning to basic research at CIIRC CTU, where he will focus on complex systems that may lead to further dynamic improvements in the field of artificial intelligence. As the leader of a new research group within the RICAIP centre, he is building his own team, which is trying to develop a system for the gradual development of strong artificial intelligence. Just as complex forms of life on Earth developed through natural evolution, complex artificial intelligence should be created through gradual evolution. At the same time, he sees basic research as a fundamental criterion for innovation.

A combination of factors contributed to my decision to continue my work at CIIRC: CIIRC CTU impressed me as one of the most progressive Czech research institutes. What’s more, there are a number of interesting scientists here who, like me, have worked in top research abroad for several years. It’s important for me to do things that make sense to me, with people I enjoy working with,” says Tomáš Mikolov about working at CIIRC CTU

 “We are very happy that we managed to fill one of the three newly created research positions with such a leading figure in the field,” said prof. Vladimír Mařík, Scientific Director of CIIRC CTU and chief coordinator of the RICAIP project. “Mr. Mikolov will bring further much-needed innovative approaches to CIIRC. Our long-term goal at both CIIRC and RICAIP is to support structural changes in the academic environment, to combat stereotypes and to be able to respond to the needs of industry and society as best as possible. I believe we can succeed thanks to top talents like Tomáš Mikolov.”

Read an interview with Tomáš HERE.