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Canadian AI News - October 2022

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Sustainability


๐ŸŒฒ Concordia partners with Ericsson Canada and other Montreal-based universities to improve 5G sustainability using artificial intelligence. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ 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


๐Ÿ™ UN-Habitat and Mila launch collaborative White Paper on the use of AI to support the development of people-centered sustainable cities and settlements. Full story


๐Ÿ’ฒ Google Canada has announced $2.7M in Google.org grants to help Canadians build more inclusive economic opportunities for Indigenous communities. Full story


๐Ÿฆœ Researchers from McGill , MIT, and Cornell have developed an artificial intelligence system that can learn the rules and patterns of human languages on its own. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive: Can AI help preserve indigenous languages? We spoke with Anna Kazantseva, Research Officer for Indigenous Language Technologies, NRC. Get episode


Healthcare


๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ Hamilton Health Sciences researcher Diana Sherifali is taking the first steps to develop a health coaching algorithm to help people with diabetes. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive:How is AI accelerating the science behind pharmaceutical research?

We checked-in with Liran Belenzon, co-founder & CEO of BenchSci. Get episode


Business


๐Ÿ’ง Carl Data Solutuions has relaunched as infinitii ai inc. and announced its product portfolio will be squarely focused on ML capabilities for smart utility infrastructure. Full story


๐Ÿค US-based Q2 Holdings has announced its acquisition of Sensibill, a Canadian machine learning platform that enables financial institutions to suport small business and consumers. Full story


๐Ÿ’ฒ NGen is launching a call for project proposals for AI-powered manufacturing and is targeting $50 million in combined investments. Full story


๐Ÿ”€ Nokia is spending $340 Million to expand its Ottawa R&D centre to improve its capabilities in 5G wireless internet, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Full story


๐Ÿค‘ VMware has launched a next-gen AI Research and Innovation Centre in Montreal to deliver a sustainable path to 5G+ and 6G technologies. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ 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


๐Ÿ‹ Artificial intelligence being used to track North Atlantic right whales in real time to help implement protective measures for the endangered species. Full story


๐Ÿฅ• New $2.5M federal funding for the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan aims to strengthen Canada's food production leadership. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ 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


๐Ÿค– UofT professor Angela Schoellig has earned an Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship from NSERC for autonomous robotics research. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ 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


๐Ÿ‘ University of Waterloo professors Wenhu Chen and Xi He of U Waterloo have been named as Canada CIFAR AI Chairs. Full story


๐Ÿ† Schmidt Futures is investing $148-million in nine global universities, including the University of Toronto. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive: How does Canadaโ€™s NRC support artificial intelligence? Catch our interview with Dr. Carolyn Watters, Chief Digital Research Officer, NRC. Get episode


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