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The Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute ( is dedicated to fostering and promoting research in all aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). consists of over 200 professors and their research associates, spanning all six of the faculties at the University of Waterloo and more than 35 departments and schools. Our researchers tackle many of the most challenging problems in foundational and applied AI and ML, including its social, ethical, and policy implications. was launched officially in early 2018 with generous support from the Faculty of Engineering (the largest faculty of engineering in the country), the Faculty of Mathematics (which houses the largest Computer Science department in the country), the Office of the Vice-President Academic & Provost, and the private industry. The founding co-directors of the Institute are Professor Fakhri Karray (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering) and Professor Peter van Beek (Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics).

AI will change our lives, transforming how we work, how we travel, how we treat disease, how we communicate, and how we learn. has a vital role to play in this transformation. Our researchers are developing intelligent systems that can detect cancer and heart disease, understand language and emotion, and navigate roadways and factory floors better than ever before. Our constant focus on key technologies and on the foundational breakthroughs to make them a reality will accelerate AI innovation that benefits everyone, everywhere.

Building on the University of Waterloo's outstanding track record of entrepreneurship and partnership with industry, a key strength of is our ability to deliver effective AI innovation for non-profits and businesses, while advancing the research frontiers of AI.