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.
A Waterloo startup has partnered with a German automotive giant to demonstrate how its artificial intelligence technology can potentially accelerate the development of the electronic brain behind autonomous vehicles.
DarwinAI's chief scientist Alexander Wong, a professor at the University of Waterloo and a Canada Research Chair in artificial intelligence, is a member of The Partnership on AI.
Engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo have unearthed inherent gender and age biases buried in a popular image dataset used to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems around the world.
The discovery will help researchers find ways to rebalance the data so it better reflects demographic diversity, ultimately paving the way for more accurate AI models.
We play an outsized role in the world as drivers of artificial intelligence knowledge and advancement, but we aren’t seeing it pay off on the global stage–not in the headlines, and not yet in the marketplace. Even as Canada cements its role as the big thinkers behind one of the world’s most dynamic and disruptive technologies, companies are having a difficult time capitalizing on that advantage.
Waterloo researcher develops cognitive assistive technology for people with Alzheimer’s disease
By Stephanie Longeway
People suffering from the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease often have difficulty remembering things that recently happened to them. As the disease takes root, a person’s reasoning and behaviour can change. Day-to-day routines — like handwashing— may become challenging for them and they begin to need more assistance from caregivers for simple at-home tasks.
Earlier this year in April, University of Bordeaux hosted a workshop for University of Waterloo - Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute members. The aim was to explore the research collaboration ventures on artificial intelligence and health sciences.
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