Google announced this morning it’s opening a dedicated machine learning research center in Europe, which will be based in its Zurich office. The center will focus on the development of products and research in the areas of Machine Intelligence. Machine Intelligence is what powers many of the products being used by hundreds of millions of people a day – from Translate to Photo Search to Smart Reply for Inbox.

In a blog post, Emmanuel Mogenet, Head of Google Research, Europe said “One of the things that enables these advances is the extensive collaboration between the Google researchers in our offices across the world, all contributing their unique knowledge and disseminating ideas in state-of-the-art Machine Learning (ML) technologies and techniques in order to develop useful tools and products.

Today, we’re excited to announce a dedicated Machine Learning research group in Europe, based in our Zurich office. Google Research, Europe, will foster an environment where software engineers and researchers specialising in ML will have the opportunity to develop products and conduct research right here in Europe, as part of the wider efforts at Google.”

The company says that this place is responsible for developing the engine that powers Knowledge Graph, as well as the conversation engine that powers the Google Assistant in Allo. However there will be three key subjects covered by the research team in Zurich going forward: Machine IntelligenceNatural Language Processing & Understanding, and Machine Perception.

Google also said Europe is home to some of the world’s premier technical universities, making it an ideal place to build a top-notch research team. Google looks forward to collaborating with all the excellent Computer Science research that is coming from the region, and hopes to contribute towards the wider academic community through our publications and academic support.