The Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on our Life

The Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on our Life


1:00 PM – 4:30 PM,  Nov 23rd, 2019 (Saturday)

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Location: Central Lions Recreation Centre 11113 – 113 Street, Edmonton

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not a science-fiction dream anymore and has truly arrived. At the heart of much of today’s technological innovation, AI is going to change the world more than anything in human history. Quickly becoming a key part of our everyday lives in the near future, AI will have a significant impact on every section of our society. Thanks to expertise from the University of Alberta and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), Edmonton is one of three hubs for AI research in Canada, playing a global leader in the field.
Although AI has the potential to greatly improve many things, however, there are some concerns about AI as well. For example, AI will lead to many job losses, increasing unemployment. Many people are scared. Are we ready for AI? How can we prepare Edmontonians for AI to adopt the pioneer role the city is playing in the nation and the world? Leadership is the key. The purpose of this leadership training workshop is to educate our community leaders as pioneers to recognize, acknowledge, and fully embrace how AI can transform the way we will live and work.

This is the first leadership training on AI awareness and readiness in Edmonton. We believe it will create a history in Edmonton to help people adopt the age of AI. We hope after the training, the workshop will facilitate participants to achieve high-value knowledge acquisition and reskilling that capitalize on the transformative powers of an AI-ready culture. Eventually, we wish participants can take a leadership role in helping their communities develop capacities to embrace the age of AI.


Prof. Howard Nye.

Topic: Technological Displacement and the Duty to Increase Real Incomes: from Left to Right

Bio: Howard Nye, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta, works primarily in the areas of normative ethics, practical ethics, and meta-ethics, and has related interests in political philosophy, the philosophy of mind, and decision theory. 

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Prof. Bin Zheng: M.D. Ph.D., Director of SSRL, Endowed research chair in surgical simulation.

Topic: Human intelligence and AI application in surgical simulation.

Bio: Bin Zheng, Associate Professor in Surgery, holds the Endowed Research Chair in Surgical Simulation position in the Department of Surgery of the University of Alberta.  Prof Zheng collaborates with surgeons, engineers, clinical educators, and psychologists to develop simulators and evaluation educational outcome of simulation-based programs.  His long-term goal is to prompted the use of simulation in surgery for improving care quality and patient safety.  

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Prof. Irene Cheng, Director of Smart Multimedia Research Centre, UAlberta.

Topic: Multimedia, AI concepts and AI education.

Bio: Dr. Irene Cheng, (SMIEEE) is the Scientific Director of the iCORE Multimedia Research Centre and an Adjunct Faculty in Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and Faculty of Science, University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interests, among others, include incorporating human perception, following the concept of Just-Noticeable-Difference or JND) psychophysical methodology, to improve multimedia, graphics and computer vision techniques. She conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania on 3DTV related topics. Before joining academia, she was an Information Technology executive in Lloyds Bank.

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Dr. Shi Jin: Director of Century Link (VP of Engineering, a local successfuly startup DataGarden, acquired by U.S. large telecom company – Century Link).

Topic: Share your entrepreneurship story on how you stayed on top of the tech trend and being successful on Cloud computing wave. 

Bio: Dr. Jin led the engineering team for a small Edmonton startup called  Datagardens from 2012 to 2014. Datagardens was acquired by Centurylink in 2014 and Shi has been the director leading the CenturyLink Edmonton office since then. His team has grown from  merely just  2 developers in 2012 to about 15 in 2019. Recently his portfolio expands beyond the Edmonton office to include another 10-engineer team in the US. 

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Dr. Bo Cao: Assistant Professor & the Canada Research Chair in Computational Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

Topic: Challenges and Efforts in Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health.

Bio: Dr. Cao aims to develop transnational tools that can provide accurate and personalized diagnosis and treatment optimization for mental disorders including major depression disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders, and to investigate corresponding biological mechanisms of these disorders over the lifespan. With the newly established Cychiatry Lab in Computational Psychiatry, Dr. Cao is expanding his effort in alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness through data analytics and predictive models.

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