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Fostering Innovation – Government Investment Into Building Ai Research At Memorial

The Government of Canada and the Newfoudland and Labrador government are investing in groundbreaking research in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI) to create a more robust, innovative Atlantic economy. Memorial University, the recipient is collaborating with businesses to help address technology challenges using AI.Nick Whalen, member of Parliament, St. John’s East, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, federal minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced on Nov. 3 an investment of $67,000 from ACOA’s Business Development Program for this initiative. Christopher Mitchelmore, provincial minister, Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, announced a contribution of $60,000 through InnovateNL.

These investments will enable Memorial to conduct a three-year research initiative in the areas of real-time search and planning used in systems like Google Maps and robot navigation; reinforcement learning – teaching  AI systems how to make decisions based on past experience and; deep neural networks focused on learning about large data sets by creating AI based on the human brain.

Researchers at Memorial’s Faculty of Science will use computer games and simulations for developing and testing new AI techniques. Their work will have business applications across a variety of sectors.

To read the full article in The Gazette, click here.