AMII Conference

AMII

Randy:

  • Where does cutting edge AI come from?
    • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Federal AI Strategy Development
  • Ranking of AI and ML: CMU, Tsinghua, University of Alberta, Cornell University, Technion, MIT, UT Austin, JKUST, Berkeley, UMass, UMich, UCLA, Stanford, etc;
    • China AI Strategy has moved Tsinghua from 10thto 2nd
  • AMii focuses on efforts of 4 areas
  • Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
    • $125 million across Canada to attract and retain academic talent
    • Recognizes Canada’s centers of AI excellence: Mila (Montreal), The Vector Institute (Toronto) and Amii (Edmonton)
    • First cohort of Canada CIFAR AI Chairs includes 29 researchers at institutions across Canada
  • Amii has diverse expertise in machine intelligence
    • Algorithmic game theory
    • Algorithms and theory
    • Bio/medical informatics
    • Dana mining & analysis, etc;
  • Machine Intelligence Achievements
    • Pioneer of reinforcement learning
    • First group to beat poker pros at heads-up no-limit texas hold’em
    • Solved game of checkers
    • Academic origins of AlphaGo and the Atari Game Project
    • Developed UCT algorithm at the heart of many advancements in games
    • Thailand National Innovation Award for Tuberculosis Diagnosis
    • System capable of passing Japanese Bar exam
    • Open-source community centered around adaptive prosthetic limbs
  • Amii explores through world-class research and training
    • Amii Explores: pushes the bounds of scientific knowledge by enabling world-class research and training and facilitating knowledge, technology and talent transfer from academia to industry
    • Amii Educates to boost intelligence literacy: courses, workshops & seminars
    • Amii provides a range of meetups, events and educational opportunities to help drive machine intelligence literacy for Alberta workers and businesses—build, reskill, upskill, and retain machine intelligence expertise in Alberta
      • Management level courses
      • Technical level certification
      • Bespoke curriculum development
    • Amii Innovates: guide businesses on path to machine intelligence adoption by helping them develop strategies, shift processes, and systems and build in-house knowledge and teams
  • Connect with amii:
  • Q&A:
    • Will we catch up to China? No
    • China, US, Israel, & Saudi Arabia lead the world on collecting data/information
  • Model-free RL Atari Game Learning
    • Google’s DeepMind Deep Q-learning learns how to play the game after watching the screen
  • Big Data Challenges
    • Square kilometer array
    • DNA transistor
    • Environmental monitoring fluxnet
    • How are you able to determine what to keep / throw away
  • NCAA Football Clusters
    • Challenge: figure out division in NCAA
    • Run a clustering algorithm on the schedule
    • Model visualization changes based on what information you are trying to extract
  • Diagnosing ADHD
    • Machine learning classifier uses a participant’s resting state fMRI scan to diagnose the individual into one of 3 categories: healthy control, ADHD combined type, ADHD inattentive type
    • Used participant’s personal characteristic data: collection age, gender, handedness, performance IQ, verbal IQ, and full scare IQ, FMRI data
  • Image-based glioma biopsy
    • Compute S-transform frequency spectrum for each pixel, the average over all directions to get 1D spectra for each tumor
    • Build multi-frequency classifier based on these labeled cases
    • In these measurement results, BLUE 30 co-deleted 1p/19q, GREEN 24 intact 1p/19q
    • Results: 95-96%
  • Optimizing water treatment control
  • Use machine learning to find separators in the data
  • Natural language & approximate semantics: use the amount of google searchers also in google translate
  • COLIEE Statute Law Challenge
    • Statute: if a person in order to allow a principal to escape imminent danger to the principal’s person, reputation or property, the Manager shall not be liable to compensate for damages…
    • Question: in cases where an individual rescues another person from getting hit by a car by…
  • Query case àcase law judgements àhow to pick the ones to be noticed and the lawyer will notice in the count
  • Why we need explanatory AI systems
  • Funny car cartoon on automation: “Does your car have any idea why my car pulled it over?”
  • MYCIN expert knowledge
  • Rich Sutton, weak versus strong methods
    • Methods that scale with computation are the future of AI
  • Learning a model to classify images
    • classifier to distinguish dogs and cats
  • Experiments
    • Word deletion experiments
    • Green words = positive
    • Building a model of language to explain
  • Summary
    • World leading research group
    • Highlights of game playing, reinforcement learning, NLP, XAI
    • Expanding capacity, building industrial collaboration function
    • Industrial projects with DeepMind, DeepMind Health, Google Brain, Mitsubishi, Borealis AI, Alberta Treasury Branch, VW Group
    • Eager to build sustainable industrial relationships to continually refresh “line of sight” to potential high impact applications
  • Q & A:
    • Generating automatic models instead of analytically building them
    • If you get 2 different explanations and they are contradictions, then what is the model you have to create to compromise the two

 

Edmonton’sArtificial Intelligence Ecosystem: Research & Business:

  • Path of how businesses are created revolving AI in Edmonton
  • AI is a transformative technology
  • AMII:
    • U of A’s chinook challenges
    • IBM’s deep blue defeats Kasparov
    • Reinforcement Learning Author at U of A (Sutton)
    • DeepMind’s AlphaGo beats Sedol
    • Deep Stack Beats Texas Hold’em (Bowling)
    • DeepMind Opens Lab in Edmonton
    • AI Can Pass Japanese Bar Exam
    • csranks.orgàselect AI AND ML
  • Government commits $100 million to AI companies
  • Albert’s AI/ML Business Strategy Plan: Research & Development, Talent, Infrastructure, Industry Solutions, Market Presence
  • Companies that focus on AI in Edmonton: scope AR, AltaML, testfire labs, serious: labs,zept, ATB financial, Promethean Labs, oneBridge, Telus, Jobber, Servus credit union, PCL, ZEPT, Vadu, NTWIST, Drugbank, frettable ,SAM, Health Gauge, Darkhorse Analytics
  • Four Key components to build a successful AI/ML company:
    • Technical talent & IP, product development & business skills, industry domain expertise, data = successful AI/ML companies
    • Alberta àarchitecture, engineering, & construction, health, financial services & insurance, energy & utilities, transportation & logistics
  • CEO of Japanese company needs to shut down a nuclear plant àsending in robots to disarm it
  • Trying to create an AI industry in the Edmonton area
  • A lot of those who get successful at AI have a HUGE amount of data
  • Why Edmonton?
    • Great place to live
    • Vibrant quality of life àlargest snowball life in the world
    • City of Entrepreneurs
    • Economic leadership
    • Growing innocation community
    • City best place in Canada for youth to work
    • Tops in housing affordability
    • Top ranked research and educational institutions
  • Bruce Alton: [email protected]
  • Daylin Breen: [email protected]

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