Mobile is the key here, and user friendly apps is the aim. Artificial intelligence, mobile search, and better user experience. Talk is of an improved Siri-type personal assistant.
Last year was a wonderful year for Yahoo Labs. Among our most exciting accomplishments was our success in hiring more than 50 new PhDs to join our research teams around the world. But that was just a first step for us; we’re always looking for outstanding people to complement our team of cutting-edge computer scientists and research engineers, and work with us to push the boundaries of research and innovation at Yahoo. Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new five-year, $10 million partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) that aims to do just that. There are many things that are novel about this new collaboration, and we couldn’t be more excited.
All of us here at Yahoo Labs can’t wait for the opportunity to work with the exceptional faculty and students at Carnegie Mellon, which has established itself as a premier institution for machine learning and human-computer interaction research, and these are the main focal areas of our partnership. As part of this partnership, we’re creating a way for CMU researchers to work directly with Yahoo’s software and infrastructure. This should allow us to speed up the pace of personalization research, especially in a mobile setting, and ultimately create a better user experience for our hundreds of millions of users. Yahoo Agrees $10 Million and 5-Year Partnership with Carnegie Mellon University Research Into Mobile User Experience [labs.yahoo.com]