After years of conducting world-leading research on self-driving vehicles, Associate Professor Raquel Urtasun is joining Uber – and bringing the American company’s first international research lab to Toronto.
“I’m proud to welcome Raquel Urtasun to Uber,” said Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in a blog posting announcing the deal today.
“Raquel will remain in Toronto to lead a new branch of our Advanced Technologies Group – our first outside the U.S.,” he continued, adding the company hopes “to draw from the region’s impressive talent pool as we grow.”
Kalanick added that Urtasun and her team “will further strengthen our self-driving engineering efforts in San Francisco and Pittsburgh. And, their work will complement the research underway at Uber AI Labs, led by Zoubin Ghahramani – a proud University of Toronto alum himself.”
Urtasun, who is part of the machine learning group in U of T’s computer science department, will continue to teach part time at the university.
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