• Chris McLellan

Canadian AI News - July 2022

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Sustainability


🏦 BrainBox AI, a leader in autonomous building technology, has raised $30M USD to further expand its global footprint and impact across the built environment. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How can AI make an impact in carbon-intensive industries? We asked Mark Speaker, Industry Solutions Executive at Microsoft Canada. Get episode


Governance & Society


🕵️‍♀️ New study conducted by Tiana Sharifi at SFU has used AI-powered algorithms to help identify people who researchers believe are potential victims of human trafficking. Full story


👍 TD Bank Group has announced a C$1 million donation to the University of Guelph’s Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence or CARE-AI. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: Can AI help preserve indigenous languages? We spoke with Anna Kazantseva, Research Officer for Indigenous Language Technologies, NRC. Get episode


Healthcare


🩺 New $13.5M Iris project will accelerate course of treatment planning, and improve monitoring and the accuracy of diagnostic image analysis. Full story


🚼 Researchers at University of Ottawa reach experimental breakthrough with the use of deep learning as a tool for the early identification of birth defects. Full story


👍 AGE-WELL has joined forces with Challenge Works to support a $6.4 million prize to reward innovators developing assistive technologies for people living with dementia. Full story


🧠 A new computer algorithm developed by the University of Toronto’s Parham Aarabi can store and recall information strategically – just like our brains. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: Why is AI essential for developing new medicines for genetic diseases? We spoke with Amit Deshwar, VP and Head of Predictive Systems at Deep Genomics. Get episode


Business


📞Winnipeg-based Laivly has announced the launch of its attended AI platform that is intended to modernize call centers at scale. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How is applied (and responsible) AI impacting enterprise competitiveness? We spoke with Cory Janssen, Co-CEO at AltaML. Get episode


Natural Resources / Agriculture


🌽 Quebec's Nexus Robotics Inc. has been awarded $2.6M from SDTC to provide farmers with agro technology including algorithms to remove weeds and self-driving robots. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How is AI making greenhouse production more efficient? We met with Yves Daoust, Founder and CTO at Winter Farm who were awarded $2.9M to find out. Get episode


Robotics/AV/AR


🚗 Accenture has agreed to acquire Eclipse Automation, a provider of customized manufacturing automation and robotics solutions headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario. Full story


🚚 Fleet Complete has introduced a new dashcam to its FC Vision 3.0 line-up featuring road-facing and cab-facing cameras with AI-based advanced driver assistance. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How will AI create immersive content for the metaverse? We asked Manal Siddiqui, CEO, and Pietro Gagliano, CVO, at Transitional Forms. Get episode


Public Sector


🔬 Newfoundland's Memorial University has received $1.9 million in funding for a new Centre for Artificial Intelligence on the St. John’s campus. Full story


🏫 Mark Daley, Western University's first chief digital officer, says its decades of data will be useful in creating AI systems to guide student course selection. Full story


🤝 The Vector Institute has welcomed 3 new partners to its AI ecosystem to further research and innovation and bolster the economy: Avidbots, co:here, and Shakudo. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: What goes on at MILA, Quebec’s renowned AI research Centre? We asked Stéphane Létourneau, EVP, MILA. Get episode


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