Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute hosted its first AI Job Fair on February 5th 2020 for our partner companies! We had over 400+ AI-focused Master’s, Ph.D. and senior undergraduate students. From 1:1 conversations to breakout sessions, the students learned about the companies’ culture, the nature of their AI projects and open positions.
Congratulations to AI Institute members Laura Middleton (AHS), Edith Law (Math), Anindya Sen (Arts), Plinio Morita (AHS), and Omar Ramahi (Engineering) on being awarded research grants from a fund established by the University of Waterloo and the University of Bordeaux to support collaborative projects between the two campuses. Several of the collaborative projects arose out of a workshop on AI and Health held at the University of Bordeaux in April of this year that was co-organized by Waterloo AI Institute and the University of Bordeaux.
Combining the University's world-renowned research and BlackBerry's proven ability in delivering impactful products and services, the two organizations will work together to develop a plan for continuous joint innovation, with the goal of creating a joint lab that will fast track the development of research and technology into products that can ultimately be taken to market.
The regional newspaper "The Record" is publishing a multi-part series tackling research in AI done in the Waterloo Region, and specifically at UW and research labs affiliated with its AI Institute. The articles highlight recent exciting research done by faculty members and research scientists in various fields of applied and theoretical development of AI.
On October 25, a delegation from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), an independent agency of the Government of Canada that is the regulator of the banks and insurance companies in Canada, visited the Waterloo AI Institute. The aim of the visit was to discuss and understand the uses, development and deployment of AI/ML models, with the end goal of issuing guidance to the financial institutions that they oversee.
The Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo.ai) organized the 2019 Manulife Day, held Friday, October 25, 2019, on the University of Waterloo campus. This year’s event consisted of presentations by Manulife executives and research scientists and the University of Waterloo researchers. A Panel on AI and Finances was also organized during the same event and involved UW researchers and executives from Manulife.
The Waterloo AI Institute has organized from the 17th to 19th of October 2019 its second reverse co-op event involving industrial partners and sponsors of the Institute. The event was preceded by the annual partner meeting day on October 16th, which highlighted progress on research undertaken by Waterloo AI Institute members with funding from the industrial partners. The reverse co-op activity of the event was spread over three days and included presentations made by experts in the field of Natural Language Understanding (theory and applications).
Alexander Wong, the Waterloo professor, who has studied biases within ImageNet, says the inattention was likely in part because, at the time the database was made, researchers were focused on the basics of getting their object detection algorithms to work. The enormous success of deep learning took the field by surprise. “We’re now getting to a point where AI is usable, and now people are looking at the social ramifications,” he says.