For Canadian researchers whose fields have been selected as priorities for government largesse, such as artificial intelligence, Canada feels a comfortable place to be. Peter van Beek, co-director of the AI Institute at the University of Waterloo, says that the roughly Can$350 million provided in the 2017 federal budget for the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy and the Scale AI cluster (part of a business-led supercluster initiative) has been “a total game changer”.
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Canadian company Voiceflow is one example of the kinds of possibilities the growing field of voice technology opens up
Voice-based assistants, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, are growing in popularity, to such an extent that market research company eMarketer predicts there will be 5.8 million such smart speakers in use in Canadian households this year.
Fourteen members of the AI Institute will be at the University of Bordeaux on April 8-10 for a joint workshop on the topic of AI and Public Health. The goal of the workshop is to establish and deepen research partnerships by bringing together an interdisciplinary group of researchers with expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, mobile health technology, population health, surveillance, incentivizing healthy behaviour, and health informatics.