Canada’s leadership in AI
Canada has been at the forefront of advancing AI for decades.
CIFAR’s early leadership in AI was established as a result of the Learning in Machines & Brains program. In the 1980s, CIFAR launched a new AI research program called Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Society, which included AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton as one of its members. In 2004, he led the Neural Computation & Adaptive Perception Program, bringing computer and cognitive scientists together to develop a new approach to machine learning, inspired by the human brain. This program was renamed Learning in Machines & Brains in 2014. Under the co-direction of Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun, it continues to advance AI research.
The Pan-Canadian AI Strategy is fuelling research innovation in Canada.
Since the announcement of the strategy in 2017, Canada has seen significant growth in our AI ecosystem.
CIFAR launches one of Canada’s first AI research programs: AI, Robotics & Society
CIFAR launches the Neural Computation & Adaptive Perception (NCAP) program, led by Geoffrey Hinton, including members Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun
Canada appoints CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, the world’s first national AI strategy
Canada’s national AI Institutes are established (Amii, Mila, Vector Institute)
CIFAR convenes an AI4Health Task Force to make recommendations on a national AI for health strategy
CIFAR announces 29 Canada CIFAR AI Chairs for a total of 109
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