Artificial Intelligence

"We've only scratched the surface of what AI can do and are excited to unleash even greater possibilities."
- Richard Sutton 

A World Leader for 25+ years
Artificial intelligence (AI) is ability of computers/machines to learn from data. Predicted to be one of the world's most disruptive technologies, AI will transform our world, changing the way we the way we live, work and do business. It will change our health, and our economic, legal, cultural and social environments. By 2025, AI is predicted to touch every industry and create over $50 trillion in economic impact.

Already in your world
AI may sound futuristic but it is already here. You interact with it daily--spam detection, banking and credit card fraud detection, Siri, online shopping and Netflix suggestions. But AI's potential application is far greater. On the horizon are smart and connected vehicles, smart responsive prosthetics, smart homes, better, more precise diagnostics and the Internet of Things (IoT)--all are powered by AI. The use of AI is rapidly spreading into healthcare, energy, the environment, the digital economy, manufacturing, transportation, finance and more.

We are AI
The University of Alberta has always been at the forefront of what is now AI and machine learning (ML). From launching Canada's 1st computing science department (April 1, 1964) to ranking #3 globally for the past 25+ years, to being named 1 of 3 of Canada's national AI hubs. We create and apply AI. Creation largely resides in our computing science department and our Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, while application occurs across many of our faculties. We continue to drive research in areas such as reinforcement learning, and harnesses AI to drive new technologies and innovations such as detecting colon cancer before it starts, helping predict wildfire, identifying aggressive prostate cancer with one drop of blood, rapid identification of new drugs, construction decision making, even detecting eColi before the meat leaves the processing plant. We are also helping optimize water treatment while minimizing energy use, without sacrificing water quality; helping drive advanced manufacturing and helping create the future of transportation with autonomous vehicles.

Sought by major tech and AI organizations and industry 
Our graduates are sought after by leading organizations, while our expertise attracts industry partners such as Google, IBM, Mitsubishi Electric, Imperial Oil, DeepMind, Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft Research, Royal Bank of Canada, Servus, Scotiabank and Alberta Treasury Branches. In 2017, our expertise attracted DeepMind, the world leader in artificial intelligence research and application to open its fist international AI research lab in Edmonton (DeepMind Alberta) with close ties to the university. DeepMind Alberta is lead by 3 of the university's AI experts.