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About Mila

Founded in 1993 by Professor Yoshua Bengio of the Université de Montréal, Mila is a research institute in artificial intelligence that rallies over 500 researchers specializing in the field of machine learning. Based in Montreal, Mila’s mission is to be a global pole for scientific advances that inspire innovation and the development of AI for the benefit of all.

Since 2017, Mila is the result of a partnership between the Université de Montréal and McGill University, closely linked with Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal. Today, Mila gathers in its offices a vibrant community of professors, students, industrial partners and startups working in AI, making the institute the world’s largest academic research center in machine learning.

Mila, a non-profit organization, is internationally recognized for its significant contributions to machine learning, especially in the areas of language modelling, machine translation, object recognition and generative models.

View the 2019 – 2020 annual report

View the 2018 – 2019 annual report

A Unique Research Ecosystem

Machine Learning Talent

  • Mila rallies 77 Faculty Members and 36 AI Canada-CIFAR Chairs;
  • Montréal is the number 1 city in North America regarding the quality of its AI sector;
  • Canada is 4th in the world for AI skills migration, advancing 20 spots since 2017.
  • Mila hosts over 500 students, interns and research assistants from 4 universities and 3 schools in Montreal;
  • In 2019, Mila attracted over 15,000 participants to a series of AI training sessions, seminars, reading groups and other events.

Applied and Fundamental AI Research

  • Mila researchers published 260 scientific articles in 2019;
  • That same year, Mila members were working on a total of 154 research projects.

Collaboration with Industry

  • Mila welcomes 70+ industry partners in its ecosystem;
  • Mila supports 39 AI startups;
  • Mila co-authored 90+ papers with industrial collaborators in the past year;
  • Mila’s Applied ML Research Team led more than 10 applied research collaborations with the industry and 12 short-term targeted interventions with SMEs in the past year.

AI for Humanity 

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