Qualcomm Technologies has acquired Scyfer, a company affiliated with University of Amsterdam and focused on machine learning techniques. Scyfer has built AI solutions for companies worldwide and in a number of different industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare and finance.
The acquisition brings with it a founder and renowned professor at the University of Amsterdam, Dr. Max Welling, who will help to further advance AI research and development at Qualcomm Technologies. Dr. Welling will continue his role as a professor at the University of Amsterdam, and the rest of the Scyfer team will continue to be based in Amsterdam.
Unlike most companies focus on the execution of AI workloads in the cloud, Qualcomm Technologies says that it is focused on the implementation of AI on end devices – smartphones, cars, robotics, and the like – to ensure that processing can be done with or without a network or Wi-Fi connection. The benefits of on-device AI include immediate response, enhanced reliability, increased privacy protection, and efficient use of network bandwidth.
“We started fundamental research a decade ago, and our current products now support many AI use cases from computer vision and natural language processing to malware detection on a variety of devices — such as smartphones and cars — and we are researching broader topics, such as AI for wireless connectivity, power management and photography,” said Matt Grob, executive vice president, technology, Qualcomm Incorporated.
In 2015, Qualcomm Technologies and the University of Amsterdam also established QUVA, a joint research lab focused on advancing machine learning techniques for mobile and computer vision.