Fraiday #9: AI in Canada

Fraiday is the monthly meet-up for professionals who are AI-curious. We have a simple format, involving drinks, lively debate around a theme and a group picture.

The inagural Fraiday event in Canada took place on November 24th at Abe Erb in Kitchener, Ontario. Organized by Aigency’s own Ramy Nassar and Eiso Vaandrager a diverse group of AI-enthusiasts got together to talk about the current state of Artificial Intelligence and the potential impact on business and society.

Interesting stories and observations were shared by representatives from:

Velocity, the leading entrepreneurship program at the University of Waterloo and the largest free startup incubator in the world.

Google’s biggest R&D office in Canada, located in the heart of Waterloo Region’s tech sector in downtown Kitchener.

Communitech, an industry-led innovation centre that supports, fosters and celebrates a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies. Founded in 1997 by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs who wanted to raise the profile of the Waterloo Region tech community.

University of Waterloo‘s AI Group conducts research in many areas of artificial intelligence. The group has active interests in: models of intelligent interaction, multi-agent systems, natural language understanding, constraint programming, computational vision, robotics, machine learning, and reasoning under uncertainty.

Earlier this year Canada made headlines with the launch of the Vector Institute, with over $80 million in committed funding from the public and private sector, in partnership with the University of Toronto and other universities across Canada. Recently, the institute doubled its AI faculty with 10 new additions.

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