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IBM is set to open a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area, the company announced Thursday.
The new facility will house IBM’s Watson research lab and will be the company’s first expansion in the U.S. Since the company last opened its new San Francisco office in 2014, IBM has been expanding its research and development efforts in the region.
Watson, a supercomputer program that can crunch millions of data points, has been deployed at research facilities across the country, from the University of Texas at Austin to Stanford University.
The San Francisco headquarters will be IBM’s first major office location outside of North America.
IBM is the first of several companies that will open new research facilities in San Jose, according to the company.
The company expects the expansion to create over 15,000 jobs.
Watson is now available in several universities, including Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.
In 2016, IBM hired 1,200 people at its San Jose research center, the Palo Alto campus, and the Stanford campus.
IBM said Watson has made major advances in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and speech recognition, and that it is able to outperform the human experts it has employed at its Watson Research Lab and other Watson centers.
“IBM is an exceptional company that brings its expertise to a new and diverse set of challenges,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement.
“Our region’s diverse population and tech community are key to our ability to continue to create a robust research and technological community in San Mateo County.”