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Google to invest $1m in computer science research in Latin America

Search giant will support academic projects from universities in the region in areas ranging from Internet of Things to machine learning

Google has announced this week that it will invest $1m in computer science research projects in Latin America within the next two to three years.

Under the Google Research Awards in Latin America initiative, the search giant will grant one-year cash awards to universities to support the work of faculties and their full-time students.

The project for the region will be run out of Google's Engineering Center in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Areas of research Google will support within Computer Science, Engineering and related fields include geo/mapping technology, human-computer interaction as well as information retrieval, extraction and organization, privacy and immersive experiences.

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In addition, the initiative is interested in research projects around Internet of things (including smart cities), machine learning and data mining, mobile, natural language processing and physical interfaces.

Professors and post-graduate students in Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico will be able to apply until July 6 via the program's website.The initiative follows a pilot from 2013, when Google supported five computer science researchers.

"Bringing academia and the private sector closer is important for nurturing a strong innovation ecosystem and we hope that the new scholarship program for Latin America helps to encourage academic research, innovation on the internet and entrepreneurship in the region, while strengthening our ties with the region's vibrant academic community," says Google's director of engineering fro Latin America, Berthier Ribeiro-Neto.