Maluuba, a Microsoft company

Teaching machines to think, reason and communicate

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Maluuba advisor Yoshua Bengio speaks with Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP, AI & Research

When Microsoft acquired Maluuba in January 2017, Maluuba’s highly respected advisor, the deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio, agreed to continue advising Microsoft on its artificial intelligence efforts. Bengio, head of the Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms, had advised Maluuba since 2015, providing guidance and insight to our continued research into language understanding .

Recently, he visited Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, campus, and took some time for a chat with Harry Shum, EVP AI & Research at Microsoft. Their conversation spanned the history of deep learning research, recent breakthroughs and what the future holds for artificial intelligence.

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Frames dataset released

Maluuba's Frames dataset is designed to help drive research that enables truly conversational agents that can support decision-making in complex settings. Prepared through human-to-human conversations, the dataset contains complex, natural dialogues with users considering different options, comparing packages, and progressively building rich descriptions through conversation.

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Meet our team at EACL and ICLR


Dedicated to tackling big challenges in language understanding and artificial intelligence

With a focus on deep learning and reinforcement learning, our growing team of renowned experts is working closely with industry and academia. Now, as part of Microsoft, Maluuba is accelerating our approach to drive breakthroughs in AI research and application. Learn more about our vision, access our academic publications and interact with our public datasets.



At Maluuba, we believe that language understanding is inextricable from solving Artificial Intelligence.  

Our goal is to teach machines to model human-like reasoning and the decision making capabilities of the brain.