The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) has appointed a new executive director to head its recently funded Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy. Dr Elissa Strome of the Univ of Toronto will join the CIFAR team effective January 2, 2018, announced Dr Alan Bernstein, CIFAR president and CEO. The $125-million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy funded under Budget 2017 supports the newly established AI institutes in Edmonton (the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute), Toronto (the Vector Institute) and Montreal (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms). Strome, who has a PhD in neuroscience from Univ of British Columbia, was most recently executive director of SOSCIP, a platform for collaborative R&D in data science and advanced computing. She was also the director of strategic initiatives at the Univ of Toronto’s office of VP Research and Innovation.
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