Thursday, September 10, 2015

Uber Gives Carnegie Mellon Millions After Poaching Profs | WIRED

Perhaps Uber's robotics farm team

"BACK IN FEBRUARY, Uber announced a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s robotic research group: an initiative the ride-hailing service said was meant to help it develop driverless-car technology. Now, in an apparent move to deepen that alliance, Uber has just revealed that it is giving $5.5 million to the university to support a new robotics faculty chair as well as sponsor three graduate fellowships.

“We’re pumped to be part of a growing innovation ecosystem in Pittsburgh that includes world leading research institutions and companies, as well as an increasing number of start-ups,” Travis Kalanick, Uber’s CEO, said in a blog post announcing the endowment."
Uber Gives Carnegie Mellon Millions After Poaching Profs | WIRED
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