Research projects

Memorial University launches two new research projects in partnership with IBM

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Memorial University is launching two multimillion-dollar projects in partnership with IBM focused on research in astrophysics, genetic analysis, artificial intelligence and other fields.

In a press release, the university announced the launch of the Center for Analytics, Informatics and Research (CAIR) and Accelerated Analytics and Machine Learning (AAML) project.

Led by MUN, CAIR will be equipped with powerful, high-performance computers capable of processing large amounts of complex data, resulting in faster insights for projects like AAML.

The projects are funded through an in-kind investment of $16 million in IBM hardware, software and personnel over four years.

IBM will also provide free dev and cloud credits to start-up entrepreneurs and startups through the Getting started with the IBM program. The company will also work with the university through the IBM SkillsBuild program — a free digital program that helps learners develop valuable new skills and find employment.

“Our goal is to provide more diverse computing services to the teaching and research communities, to accelerate their scientific and technical innovation processes, and to further increase our contributions to Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Frank Attaie, Chief Technology Officer at IBM Canada. .

The federal government is contributing $1.4 million for the projects through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the province is contributing $1.35 million.