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The University of Waterloo’s Artificial Intelligence Institute expands AI for Good partnership with Microsoft Canada

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The University of Waterloo’s Artificial Intelligence Institute expands AI for Good partnership with Microsoft Canada

The University of Waterloo’s AI Institute is very proud to announce the continued collaboration with Microsoft’s AI for Good initiative; an initiative which provides funding, technology and expertise to individuals, non-profits, academic institutions and organizations so they can tackle some of society’s big challenges.

The partnership launched in 2019 with the funding of 8 research projects at the University that align with the 5 pillars of Microsoft’s AI for Good initiative: AI for Earth, AI for Health, AI for Accessibility, AI for Humanitarian Action, and AI for Cultural Heritage.

In 2020, the partnership will expand and will add an additional 9 projects that leverage funding grants and Microsoft’s trusted Azure platform funding to advance research into using AI to better predict heart failure and using AI to better explain and predict homelessness.

Researchers receiving support span many academic disciplines including Arts, Science, Engineering and Math.

“We’re very excited to continue this partnership and thank Microsoft for recognizing the incredible inter-disciplinary work being by scholars at the University of Waterloo,” said Chris McIntyre, Director of Waterloo’s AI Institute. “We look forward to seeing where these research projects go to continuing to work with Microsoft on this great initiative.”

This is a core value of the Waterloo AI Institute to leverage the AI for Social Good. Partnering with organizations on a philanthropic level towards social good research as well as holistic AI research for business needs.

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