Artificial Intelligence (AI)
In recent years, Alberta’s AI ecosystem has seen an incredible upswing in growth with the attraction of various research labs and increased number of AI startups. Alberta is home to over 20 artificial intelligence startups, 5 research labs/institutes, over 6 accelerators/incubators, and over 11 investor organizations.
- 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.
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)
- The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), affiliated with the University of Alberta, is ranked third 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.
Strong Post-Secondary and Research Capabilities
- Alberta is home to a number of world-class researchers in artificial intelligence including Dr. Richard Sutton (http://incompleteideas.net/), the pioneer of Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) and author of the textbook Deep Reinforcement Learning.
- 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.
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).
Business Support Programs - Government of Alberta
Business Support Programs - Government of Canada