Google Announces Joint AI Research Venture with Princeton University

Google doubles down on their fruitful machine learning research relationship with Princeton University.
Donovan Alexander

In a press release, posted by Elad Hazan and Yoram Singer research Scientists at Google AI, the technology giant has announced that it is entered a joint venture with the historic and prestigious Princeton University, with the aim to dive deeper into the promising scientific field of artificial intelligence.

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For the uninitiated, Google has had a long-standing history of partnering with top academic institutions like MIT or Stanford in their pursuit of innovation in fields of Computer Science and Engineering.

Eager to build on existing insight in the subset field of artificial intelligence, machine learning, Google hopes to broaden research in multiple facets of the field.

The tech giants’ partnership with Princeton University has manifested itself into the form of a new lab, across the street from Princeton University’s historic Nassau Hall, scheduled to open its doors in early 2019.

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“By fostering closer collaborations with faculty and students at Princeton, the lab aims to broaden research in multiple facets of machine learning, focusing its initial research efforts on optimization methods for large-scale machine learning, control theory, and reinforcement learning”, says the Google and Princeton team.

Google has already been hard at work with Princeton researching different areas in machine learning and reinforcement learning. The existing partnership has seen success in these fields. The super team has made progress in both large-scale optimization and spectral filtering for control and reinforcement learning.


In short both research fields, the objective centers around machines making optimized choices to accomplishing a task, finding the best route to make a decision. The Google and Princeton teams have been hard at work, creating new algorithmic techniques in the field of machine learning.

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“We are excited about the progress we have made thus far in partnership with Princeton’s faculty and students, and we look forward to the official opening of the lab in the coming weeks,” says Google.

“It has long been Google’s view that both industry and academia benefit significantly from an open research culture, and we look forward to our continued close collaboration.”

It will be interesting to see how Google utilizes this partnership to facilitate their goals in the rapidly growing field of artificial intelligence.

If you want a break down of the key differences of machine learning and artificial intelligence, be sure to check out Interesting Engineering's article, “What’s the Difference between Machine Learning and AI?”, here.