AlbertaAI (Alberta Artificial Intelligence Association) hosted the first annual conference on March 23rd, 2019 at University of Alberta. The conference attracted about 350 participants from Alberta including AI experts, IT professionals, university professors, CS graduate students, and AI enthusiast from various industries.
The conference focused on “Cultivate Alberta AI Ecosystem” and featured thought-provoking keynotes presented by Alberta leading AI experts and VIP speakers from City of Edmonton, City of Red Deer, Silver Voice, AMII, U of A, TEC Edmonton, Taproot, AltaML, Health City and Calgary Google Developer Group.
Microsoft, MRC Lab of U of A, UAlberta Robomaster Club and student of AI for Kids Program presented demos during the coffee break.
AlbertaAI was funded by a group of passionate volunteers in September 2017. It is a non-profit organization with a vision to cultivate the Alberta AI ecosystem and connect the AI community in Alberta with the world. AlbertaAI has rapidly expanded and currently have over 400 members.
AlbertaAI has valued being part of the Alberta artificial intelligence community and have organized many high-profile AI seminars, panels, workshops, round-table discussions and training such as AI for Kids, Deep Learning Beginner / Advanced Camps, AI Entrepreneurship Camp, Data Science, Open Data, Kaggle Camp, and Meetups.
AlbertaAI is supported by the Alberta local community including UAlberta, TEC Edmonton, SAS, Microsoft, City of Edmonton, and student & community organizations. AlbertaAI has also contributed to local AI ecosystems by supporting events and activities, e.g., TusStar Alberta Incubator establishment, UAlberta International AI Summer Program, Edmonton Global AI Hub, AI4Youth Conference, Calgary AI Meetup, and Calgary Google Developer Group. In addition, AlbertaAI collaborate with international partners and have established a joint innovation centre with Shanghai Chiju to promote AI education and projects.