Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Alberta is a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research and development.

Artificial Intelligence

Alberta is a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research and development.

In recent years, Alberta’s AI ecosystem has seen an incredible upswing in growth with the attraction of various research labs and an increased number of AI startups. Alberta is home to 1 of 3 Canadian AI hubs, which includes numerous artificial intelligence startups, research labs/institutes, accelerators/incubators, and investor organizations.

Invest in Alberta's nation-leading and world-class AI sector

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Google DeepMind

  • In 2017, Google DeepMind, a world leader in artificial intelligence research owned by Alphabet Inc., opened its first-ever international AI research office in Alberta.
  • DeepMind is best known for developing AlphaGo, software that has beaten the world’s best players at the strategy game Go.

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Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)

  • The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), affiliated with the University of Alberta, is ranked in the top five in the world for artificial intelligence and machine learning (source: CSRankings Computer Science Rankings).
  • A number of companies including Google Brain, Google Research, Microsoft Research, IBM Research, and Volkswagen Data Lab conduct collaborative research through Amii.
  • The Royal Bank of Canada and Mitsubishi Electric have also opened new research labs in Alberta in order to partner with research institutes such as Amii.
  • Alberta is home to a number of world-class researchers in artificial intelligence including Amii fellow Dr. Richard S. Sutton (http://incompleteideas.net/), the pioneer of Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) and author of the textbook Deep Reinforcement Learning.

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Strong Post-Secondary and Research Capabilities

  • Along with Amii, advanced research and development in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning is also conducted at the University of Calgary across a number of sectors.
  • The University of Calgary developed MyHEAT, which uses urban thermal remote sensing technology to detect heat loss in homes and won the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) grant prize for global climate change solutions.

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Demonstrated Government Support

  • Alberta is part of the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, a $125 million strategy funded by the Government of Canada to advance and grow Canada’s AI ecosystem.
  • In the last 15 years, Alberta has invested over $40 million towards artificial intelligence and machine learning within the province (source: Alberta Advanced Education).

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Alberta Innovates Funding Programs - https://albertainnovates.ca/what-we-offer/funding-grants/
Funding programs for Alberta businesses doing research and development in a variety of sectors.

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Research Capacity Program - https://www.alberta.ca/research-capacity-program.aspx
The RCP funding program supports post-secondary institutions in acquiring small equipment and large research infrastructure.

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Cybera Rapid Access Cloud - https://www.cybera.ca/services/rapid-access-cloud/
Cybera officers free cloud computing resources to Alberta-based academics, researcher, non-profits and SMEs.

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Strategic Innovation Fund - Federal - https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/programs/strategic-innovation-fund.html
This program allocates repayable and non-repayable contributions to firms of all sizes across all of Canada's industrial and technology sectors.

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Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/scientific-research-experimental-development-tax-incentive-program.html
SR&ED is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada.

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CanExport - https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/tcs-sdc/funding-financement/canexport/index.aspx?lang=eng?lang=eng
CanExport provides financial support to SMEs for development of new export opportunities.

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Canadian Technology Accelerators - http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/cta-atc/index.aspx?lang=eng
This Government of Canada initiative helps Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service explore opportunities in foreign markets.

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Platform Calgary - https://www.platformcalgary.com
Platform Calgary works to engage, activate and globalize Calgary’s innovation ecosystem - building upon the city’s potential to become a global hub for startups and innovation.

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Accelerate Fund - https://www.acceleratefund.ca/
The Accelerate Fund supports early-stage Alberta technology companies with a venture capital fund that matches angel investment.

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Connectica - https://connectica.ca/
A directory of funding, programs, and services for Alberta innovators.

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Innovation Canada Business Supports - https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/innovation/list-liste/a38d3341e44c4327
The Government of Canada’s directory of business support programs.

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Start Alberta - https://startalberta.com/
Start Alberta provides a database of companies, investors, and organizations in Alberta.

Organization

University of Calgary Department of Computer Science Research Areas - https://www.ucalgary.ca/cpsc/research/research_areas
UofC computer science research areas include data science and visual computing, information security and systems, mathematical foundations of computing, and people centric computing.

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Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control (BLINC) - https://blinclab.ca/
An interdisciplinary lab where medical, science, and engineering researchers collaborate to improve the control and performance of robotic prostheses.

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Alberta Innovates - https://albertainnovates.ca/
Alberta Innovates is a catalyst for innovation. Innovators, businesses and researchers can easily tap into our collective assets – cross sectoral knowledge and expertise, funding, networks and research facilities.

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TEC Edmonton - https://www.tecedmonton.com/
TEC Edmonton helps to accelerate the growth of emerging technology-based companies in Edmonton.

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Startup Edmonton - http://www.startupedmonton.com/
Startup Edmonton supports local entrepreneurs through the provision of mentorship, programs, co-working space and community events.

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Startup Calgary - https://www.startupcalgary.ca/
Startup Calgary provides a variety of events and programs for entrepreneurs in the startup phase.

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Edmonton Global - http://edmontonglobal.ca
Edmonton Global is a regional economic development organization for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, intended to promote the region globally.

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Calgary Economic Development - https://www.calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/
CED supports economic development in the city of Calgary.

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