University Of Waterloo Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute

The University of Waterloo launched the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute today, bringing together a large group of researchers and businesses to advance technology and prepare Canada for future economic disruption.

Waterloo AI uniquely focuses on end-to-end innovation ranging from foundational to operational AI. Foundational AI advances the field as a whole through research in a number of areas, including statistical learning, deep learning, game theory and data science. Operational AI develops scalable, secure and transparent solutions for a wide range of applications.

As part of its mandate, Waterloo AI will pursue new areas of research with societal and business impact including healthcare, environmental protection, urban planning, manufacturing, autonomous systems and human-machine interaction and will emphasize timely access to expertise to individuals and industry.

Waterloo AI is a joint venture of the University’s Faculties of Engineering and Mathematics and will also include researchers from Arts, Applied Health Sciences, Environment and Science. It is affiliated with a number of existing labs, centres and institutes at Waterloo.

Waterloo AI is led by two co-directors: Fakhri Karray, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Peter van Beek, professor of computer science.

Sponsors of Waterloo AI include General Motors Canada, Huawei Technologies Co, Loblaw Companies Limited, Nutrien, Shopify, Borealis AI, Magna International, Miovision Technologies, NexJ Systems and Scribendi.

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