WASHINGTON - Facebook unveiled plans Monday on a partnership with New York University for a new centre for artificial intelligence, aimed at harnessing the huge social network's massive trove of data.
The California-based tech giant named professor Yann LeCun of NYU's Center for Data Science to head up the project.
"As one of the most respected thinkers in this field, Yann has done groundbreaking research in deep learning and computer vision," said Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's chief technology officer. "We're thrilled to welcome him to Facebook."
Facebook, the world's biggest social network with more than a billion members, is building the team across three locations - New York, London and its headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
The lab will work on "machine learning," - a branch of artificial intelligence that involves computers "learning" to extract knowledge from giant data sets.
LeCun, a French-born mathematician and computer scientist, said in a blog post that he was pleased to head up the project with "the ambitious, long-term goal of bringing about major advances in artificial intelligence."
"I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted the position of director of this new lab," LeCun wrote. "I will remain a professor at New York University on a part-time basis, and will maintain research and teaching activities at NYU."