New AI research institute launched in Toronto to attract deep learning and machine learning talent
Vector Institute, a new independent research facility for artificial intelligence (AI), has recently opened at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto with the goal to ‘produce, attract and retain the finest talent in the world’.
The Institute will be collaborating with academic institutions, incubators, accelerators, startups, scale-ups and established companies to advance research on AI and drive the adoption and commercialisation of related technologies across Canada. It intends to produce more masters, applied masters, PhDs and post-doctoral graduates in deep learning and machine learning AI than any other institution in the world, attracting top talent, investment, and researchers from around the world and contributing to a more vibrant startup and spin-off ecosystem.
Dr Geoffrey Hinton, who will serve as Vector’s chief scientific advisor, said: “The opportunities for new discoveries in the field of deep learning are very exciting, and the applications are endless. Now is the time for us to lead the research and shape the future of this field, putting neural network technologies to work in ways that will improve health care, strengthen our economy and unlock new fields of scientific advancement. And with the Vector Institute collaborating with institutes in Montreal and Edmonton we can do that here in Canada.”
In addition, as part of the Government of Canada’s $125 million Pan-Canadian AI Strategy announced in the 2017 budget, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) will work with the Vector Institute – a key partner in the initiative – to support the core activities of the Institute, the Canada CIFAR Chairs in AI Science, graduate training, and the participation of the Chairs and trainees in national AI activities. The investment will build on those advances, and create the critical mass of talent necessary for the spectrum of Canadian businesses to succeed in this new market.