Organization: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Vector Institute aims to play key role in Canada’s bid to maintain AI leadership

Geoff Hinton, Yoshua Bengio and Richard Sutton may not be household names but in the world of artificial intelligence (AI) these Canadian researchers are superstars at the forefront of a field that is attracting a host of marquee tech titans angling to gain competitive advantage in the rapidly evolving field. Yet many highly accomplished AI researchers have left Canada to seek opportunity elsewhere prompting a remarkable alignment of government, academia and industry to make Canada the go-to destination for AI advancements in an ever-expanding range of industry sectors.

CIFAR launches Global Scholar competition

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) has launched a Global Scholar competition with financial support from the Azrieli Foundation. The competition will be awarded from applicants solicited from around the world. The program will fund a two-year, $100,000 research appointment aligned with one of CIFAR’s research themes — bio-inspired solar energy, Azrieli program in…

Rotman School presents inaugural awards

Two leading institutions and a financing pioneer were the first recipients of awards presented by the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at the Univ of Toronto‘s Rotman School of Management. The Labour Award was made to the Univ of Waterloo‘s Engineering and Co-op program while the Ideas Award went to the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.…

Creative Destruction Lab selects award winners

The Univ of Waterloo is one of three winners of the inaugural awards presented by the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at the Univ of Toronto‘s Rotman School of Management. U of W won CDL’s Labour Award for its engineering and co-op program for its impact on Canadian competitiveness through the development and promotion of human…

CIFAR fellows advise China to embrace innovation

Three visiting senior fellows from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) told senior Chinese leaders they must undertake institutional reforms and make them more inclusive to stimulate innovation and avoid stagnanting economic growth. The three fellows — Drs Torsten Persson, Daron Acemoglu and Philippe Aghion — visited China last December and met with premier…

CIFAR renews two research programs

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) has renewed two of its research programs in genetics and economics and social sciences. The programs received $6 million over five years after undergoing peer review after five years of operation. The Genetic Networks program is led by Dr Brenda Andrews, Univ of Toronto, while the Social Interactions,…

Ontario government increases support for CIAR

The Government of Ontario has increased its support for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research from $1.25 million to $1.5 million annually, and has committed the new funding level for two years. The increase is in recognition of the work CIAR has done in the area of networking provincial researchers with national and international colleagues.…