By: Kathleen Sandusky
6 Dec, 2021
Five Mila researchers have been recognized for their leadership by being named Canada CIFAR AI Chairs. The new Chairs contribute diverse expertise to the Canadian ecosystem, from causality to natural language processing, and software engineering to AI-generated music.
They join a thriving Quebec AI ecosystem, centered around Mila, one of three national AI Institutes established through the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy in 2017.
The ecosystem has grown substantially. In just a few short years, more than 30 international technology companies have set up an AI research lab in Montréal, including DeepMind, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Thales.
The CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy advances AI research, training, and innovation to deliver economic impact and improve the lives of Canadians. By 2030, Canada will have one of the most robust national AI ecosystems in the world, founded on scientific excellence, high-quality training, world-class AI talent, and interdisciplinary public-private collaboration.
The five new chairs are:
Mila is proud to welcome the new chairs to its growing community, bringing the number of active Canada CIFAR AI chairs at Mila to 53.
“The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs are some of the most recognized machine learning researchers in the world. The Chairs program provides a collaborative network for talented researchers to not only push the technical boundaries of their fields, but also to examine the role of AI in addressing global societal issues such as climate change; health; and equity, diversity and inclusion.”
—Elissa Strome, Executive Director of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
“Mila’s growth since the launch of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy in 2017 has been exponential. From a handful of professors and students, Mila’s community now welcomes more than 800 of the most brilliant AI professors and researchers in the world. Montreal and the Province of Québec have become essential and globally recognized places in the research and the development of artificial intelligence. We are thrilled to welcome these five exceptional professors and researchers as new Canada CIFAR AI Chairs at Mila to continue their research and help train the next generation of AI experts in the world.”
—Yoshua Bengio, Founder and Scientific Director of Mila
CIFAR is a registered charitable organization supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.