Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) company Yitu Technology has opened its first international research & development (R&D) center in Singapore, where it plans to expand its businesses and seek new growth beyond the Chinese market.

The center will focus on providing computer vision and speech processing solutions to enterprises, universities, and research institutes in the region, according to a press release. The Shanghai-based AI company opened its first overseas office in Singapore in January 2018.

Co-founded in 2012 by Zhu Long, an AI researcher who graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Lin Chenxi, a former Alibaba and Microsoft executive, the Chinese AI startup is known for its facial recognition software.

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen