Russ Salakhutdinov, a Carnegie Mellon University professor has been hired by Apple to lead a team centered on artificial intelligence. This was confirmed by a tweet sent out by Salakhutdinov the morning of Monday, October 17. He will continue to teach at Carnegie Mellon, however will also work as “Director of AI Research” at Apple.

Salakhutdinov says he is searching for extra research scientists with expertise on machine learning to join his team, in his tweet. An included job posting requires that candidates must have experience with Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision, Optimization, and/or Data Mining. Salakhutdinov specializes in statistical machine learning and has written many papers on deep kernel learning, neural networks, reinforcement learning, and other similarly related topics. His expertise might be used to services such as Siri, that has been in the centre of the spotlight recently as journalist Walt Mossberg wrote a piece saying the personal assistant as “unreliable,” “limited,” and “dumb.”

Siri is powered by a neural network and uses machine learning techniques to improve over time, as other Apple features do such as Spotlight, Photos, QuickType, autocorrect, Maps, and so on. The hiring of Salakhutdinov comes since rumors suggest Apple is planning to improve Siri as part of an effort to develop the personal assistant into an Amazon Eco-like smart home product that would be capable to performing things such as control smart home accessories. The hiring of Salakhutdinov comes since rumors suggest Apple is planning to improve Siri as part of an effort to develop the personal assistant into an Amazon Eco-like smart home product that would be capable to performing things such as control smart home accessories. Apple is also on the news of finishing an R&D research center in Yokohama, Japan. The research center will focus on “deep engineering” and building artificial intelligence services of Apple.

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