Google has acquired a three-person Canadian research company that specializes in voice and image recognition.
DNNresearch, which was founded last year within the the University of Toronto's computer science department, specializes in object recognition and now belongs to Google.
As part of the deal, which was first reported by TechVibes, Google gets the technology and founder university professor Geoffrey Hinton, along with two graduate students -- Alex Krizhevsky and Ilya Sutskever.
"Geoffrey Hinton's research is a magnificent example of disruptive innovation with roots in basic research," University of Toronto President David Naylor said in a statement. "The discoveries of brilliant researchers, guided freely by their expertise, curiosity, and intuition, lead eventually to practical applications no one could have imagined, much less requisitioned."
Google previously awarded Hinton's research group $600,000, the University of Toronto added.
Google declined to comment on the deal.
In case you're curious, here's a one-hour talk Hinton gave last June that was posted by Google about "brains, sex, and machine learning":