Amazon has announced that it will establish a new research centre in Germany focused on developing artificial intelligence (AI) to improve its customer experience. The research to be undertaken at the new hub will also be connected to the non e-commerce aspects of Amazon’s business, specifically it’s Web Services business and it’s voice driven AI assistant called Alexa.
Amazon already has three research centres in Germany, based in Berlin, Dresden and Aachen. The new centre in Tübingen will eventually create up to 100 new jobs, largely employing engineers in machine learning. Amazon is already collaborating with the Max Planck Society in Aachen, on the basis of an earlier project which began in December 2016. The earlier project is also AI focused and thus the new research hub will extend that focus.
The Stuttgart-Tübingen region is fast emerging as a kind of ‘cyber valley’ with technologies such as robotics, machine learning and machine vision forming the key activities for a number of projects in the area. In addition to Amazon, existing partner companies include BMW, Bosch, Daimler, IAV, Porsche and ZF Friedrichshafen.
“We appreciate Amazon’s commitment in the Cyber Valley and research on artificial intelligence,” said Max Planck president Martin Stratmann in a statement.
“We gain another strong cooperation partner who will further increase the international significance of research in the area of machine learning and computer vision in the Stuttgart and Tübingen region.”
In another statement, Ralf Herbrich, director of machine learning at Amazon and MD of the Amazon Development Centre Germany, said:
“With our Amazon Research centre in Tübingen, we will become part of one of the largest research initiatives in Europe in the area of artificial intelligence. This underlines our commitment to create high-skilled jobs in breakthrough technologies,”