DNNresearch, a research startup focusing on deep neural networks, has been scooped up by Google for an undisclosed amount.

The research outfit was founded in 2012 by Professor Geoffrey Hinton and two University of Toronto graduate students from the Computer Science program. Google had previously awarded the firm a research grant of $600,000.

Google is interested in developing technology associated with “deep learning” for computers, helping machines understand context and furthering innovation in digital voice and image recognition.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Geoff, and a great opportunity for the department,” said Computer Science Chair Sven Dickinson. “In recent years, we have been expanding our industrial relations, and this acquisition represents a wonderful opportunity to strengthen our existing ties with Google, one of the world’s most innovative IT companies.”

Graduate students Alex Krizhevsky and Ilya Sutskever will be moving to the Google campus in Mountain View, CA, while Hinton will divide time there and in Google's Toronto office.

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