Canadian AI News - December 2022
Updated: Jan 2
Welcome to the Ask AI news roundup where we highlight the latest innovations, investments, and breakthroughs in Canadian artificial intelligence over the past 30 days.
Got reserarch, product, funding, event, or people news for us to amplify? Email a short summary plus link to email@example.com and please include Twitter @handles.
Governance & Society news
🍁 Canada has ranked 5th place in Stanford University's Global and National AI Vibrancy Rankings behind USA, China, India, and UK. Full story
😂 A team at the University of Guelph has set out to develop a new model for teaching sarcasm to AI/ML tools to improve social media mining. Full story
😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How does AI Global help put AI/ML research into action? Get episode
🏙 UN-Habitat is opening a new project office in Montréal focused on applying AI to address some of the most pressing issues facing the sustainable development of cities. Full story
⚡ Canada's first 'Open Compute Project Foundation' compliant data center is set to open in Lévis, Québec and will be powered by almost 100% renewable energy. Full story
🐋 The University of British Columbia and Transport Canada’s 'Quiet Vessel Initiative' are leveraging AI to reduce impact of shipping noise on marine mammals. Full story
😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How can AI help to mitigate the effects of catastrophic oil spills? Get episode
Healthcare & Public Safety news
🛑 Abhishek Gupta, founder of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, warns of potential bias as Montreal health network makes plans to use AI to reduce wait times. Full story
😤 A device planned by Moncton-based Breathe BioMedical could lead to early detection of certain cancers by using AI/ML to analyse breath sample data. Full story
👍 University of Alberta researchers, lead by Bo Cao, are using AI/ML to help clinicians and policymakers predict opioid use disorder. Full story
😀 Ask AI Exclusive: Is AI poised to make major breakthroughs in healthcare? Get episode
🎈 A new app built by former StatsCan worker Fred Hazelton uses machine learning to predict busy times at theme parks to help tourists minimize line-ups. Full story
👍 Brazil's Linda Lifetech is moving its headquarters to Toronto to expand its solution that uses AI to analyse breath and body heat data to detect cancer. Full story
😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How does an AI consultancy work? Get episode
Natural Resource / Agriculture news
🍠Amii and New Harvest are leading a new research collaboration focused on applications of AI/ML in cellular agriculture. Full story
🥕 CULT Food Science is developing an Institute of Cellular Agriculture in conjunction with the University of Alberta and New Harvest Canada. Full story
😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How is AI making greenhouse production more efficient? Get episode
🤖 Innovation, Science and Industry has announced a $30M investment in Sanctuary Cognitive Systems, a Vancouver company specializing in human-like robotics. Full story
😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How will AI create immersive content for the metaverse? Get episode
Public sector news
🌜 Canada is considering a framework for 'moonshot programs' to accelerate developments in climate change, vaccine development, and artificial intelligence. Full story
😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How does Canada’s NRC support artificial intelligence? Get episode
Talk to the bot
Get access to hundreds of free resources in Canada's artificial intelligence sector via our chatbot.
Volunteer at Ask AI
Interested in growing your reputation and contacts within Canada's world-class AI sector?
We're looking for a Canada-based volunteer Community Manager to support our online events and social media channels.
We're also inviting applications from Canada-based AI/ML leaders to contribute original blog/vlog content for distribution via Ask AI email and social channels.