U of T Associate Professor Raquel Urtasun (second from right) with (from left) Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science Reza Moridi, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory and U of T President Meric Gertler
With the creation of the Toronto-based Vector Institute, Ontario and Canada are choosing to lead in the booming field of artificial intelligence, said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
"We can own this space. This is who we are," she told a crowded room filled with University of Toronto researchers, officials from all three levels of government and top Canadian companies who are supporting Vector.
The independent institute aims to produce more deep learning grads than any other institution in the world – as part of an effort to produce, attract and retain top talent. It will also build on the existing expertise of the globally renowned deep learning team at U of T.
The applications and implications of this ground-breaking research could be seen in demonstrations on self-driving vehicle technology by Associate Professor Raquel Urtasun as well as U of T startup Deep Genomics, founded by cross-appointed Professor Brendan Frey (ECE), a graduate of U of T Computer Science.
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Sanja Fidler (right), an assistant professor of computer science at U of T, focuses on object recognition, 3D scene understanding, and combining vision and language. She explains her research at Thursday's event to (from left to right) Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory (photo by Lisa Lightbourn)