Key strengths

Artificial Intelligence

Driving tomorrow’s world

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a computer or machine’s ability to perform human like ort smart tasks. Machine Learning is ability of computers/machines to learn from data. Both AI and machine learning have made spectacular advances in recent years and are increasingly shaping tomorrow’s word.

Already in your world
They may sound futuristic--but they are not. They are here now, and you interact with them daily--spam detections, banking and credit card fraud detection, Siri, online shopping and Netflix suggestions. But AI’s potential application is far greater.

New industrial revolution
On the horizon are safer cars, smart prosthetics, smart homes, smart diagnostics and the Internet of Things (IoT)--all are powered by AI. It is rapidly spreading into healthcare, energy, the environment, manufacturing, transportation, and finance. Today data is produced on an unprecedented scale and often crucial decisions depend on the quality and understanding of data. AI and machine learning can help.

By 2025, it’s predicted that AI and machine learning technologies will create over $50 trillion in economic impact. We are on the verge of an new ‘industrial revolution’ that will transform society, life and the world as we know it now.

We create and apply AI
Our AI research and expertise involves both creation and its application. Creation resides in our Faculty of Science (computer science department) and our Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute Machine Learning Institute. Application occurs across across multiple factulies. One of Canada’s first computing science programs, over the past 20 years it has consistently ranked in the top three Canadian universities in AI.

UAlberta is home to Richard Sutton, the world’s foremost expert in reinforcement learning (machine learning sub-field), Jonathan Schaeffer and Michael Bowling--who with their teams created the AI systems that solved checkers and out-played human professionals in heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em poker. While these are games, it is the potential application that is key. No-limit Texas hold’em poker involves decision-making using incomplete information--future applications could be planning medical treatments or negotiating complex contracts where decision-making happens without complete information.

Our machine learning research is driving new health tech such as smart artificial limbs and easy, portable and low-cost diagnostics for cancer and malaria and tuberculosis. And in the case of water, we are working with Drayton Valley’s water treatment facility to optimize water filtration while minimizing energy use, without sacrificing water quality.

Major tech and AI partners
UAlberta expertise brings DeepMind lab to Edmonton. Edmonton’s Economic Development Corporation reports that in 2017, they received more inquiries about Edmonton’s emerging AI sector than any other opportunity. RBC announced in January a partnership with our Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute. They plan to open an office in Edmonton, creating high-quality R&D jobs—and economic spin-off benefits in the millions.

1 of 3 Canadian AI hubs
The government of Canada recently invested $125 million to build on and grow AI strengths strengths resident at UAlberta, U Tortonto and UMontreal.

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