The new coronal pneumonia pandemic has also had a real impact on AI research, with Facebook announcing the cancellation of its AI study for 2020-2021. The Facebook AI Research (FAIR) residency program is a one-year research training program that works with Facebook’s AI research team to provide applicants with hands-on experience in machine learning research.
In addition to Facebook, OpenAI, Google, IBM and Microsoft are also banned from participating remotely, which will further affect AI research.
Facebook announced today that it plans to cancel its 2020-2021 AI study residency program due to a new coronavirus pandemic. Jerome Pesenti, Facebook’s vice president of AI, said in a statement provided to VentureBeat by email that the decision was made out of health and safety concerns.
“In responding to the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to put the health and safety of our communities first. Therefore, we have decided not to move forward with the AI Study Residence Plan for 2020-2021. Pesenti said. “Best and consistent hands-on experience is critical to the success of the program, and remote approaches are not possible.” We look forward to keeping in touch with this year’s candidates so that they can be offered opportunities in the future. “
Asked why the program was being canceled directly rather than delayed, a Facebook spokesman said it was because the program might conflict with students’ graduation times. They added that the current research residency program will be expanded to help them have more time to complete their research, and that Facebook remains committed to providing them with residency status where possible and where possible.
Facebook’s AI Research Residence Program is a paid one-year job in which applicants are paired with Facebook AI researchers and engineers. Together with the team, residents choose research questions of common interest and design new machine learning techniques to solve the problem. The aim of this project is to provide residents with practical experience in machine learning research.
Facebook encourages collaboration with others other than designated mentors and ensures that research results are communicated to academia, primarily by submitting papers to academic sites such as NeurIPS, ICLR and CVPR, as well as by publishing source code or Facebook products.
Facebook’s AI Research Residency program isn’t the only one that’s banned from participating remotely. OpenAI, Google, IBM, and Microsoft have also canceled opportunities for students and professionals to conduct research with programmers, data scientists and product managers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many of Facebook’s operations, including offline activities and global office work. The company said in April that it would avoid meetings with 50 or more people until at least June 2021 and would continue to allow full-time employees to work from home.
Daron Green, Facebook’s director of research, said in a blog post in March that the company was “planning new ways” to foster its online research community and support remote collaboration and networking, for example through question-and-answer sessions with researchers and the promotion of virtual networking. “Despite the challenges we all face, we remain committed to continuing our research activities, particularly our external academic investments,” he wrote. “
“These investments include conference sponsorship, proposal requests, our fellowship programs, university lab investments, and sponsored research. “