Landmark AI Conference
Canada to Host Landmark Conference on Artificial Intelligence
The G7 Multi-stakeholder Conference on AI will be hosted December 6, 2018 in Montréal during the week of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference, the largest machine-learning and AI conference in the world.
Canada is home to over 500 AI companies, including major global players like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Sumsung. Montréal, home to MILA (Montréal Institute of Learning Algorithms) founded by AI godfather Yoshua Bengio, is a natural location to host global leaders in AI.
“Artificial Intelligence is a key part of our government’s economic growth strategy,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “The G7 conference in December will help us focus on the responsible adoption of AI and explore business opportunities related to AI.”
Made in Montréal Successes
The Microsoft Research Montréal lab—founded in 2015 as Maluuba and acquired by Microsoft in 2017—teaches machines to read, think and communicate like humans.
Google Montréal’s Google Brain AI research lab, led by Hugo Larochelle, is advancing machine intelligence through research, systems engineering and collaboration with other Alphabet teams.
The Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms is working on two major projects: an AI research hub in conjunction with Thales Group’s Paris-based lab, and IBM’s planned AI development lab slated for Montréal.
Canada, a global leader in ICT, is the first country in the world to adopt a national AI strategy. The Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy ($125 million) is designed to retain and attract top AI talent and companies using AI. The strategy also includes the launch of SCALE.AI supercluster as part of Canada’s $950 million Innovations Supercluster Initiative and support for leading-edge AI research at Toronto’s Vector Institute, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Edmonton) and MILA (Montreal) through the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.