The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs Program is the cornerstone program of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. A total of $86.5 million over five years has been earmarked for this program to attract and retain world-leading AI researchers in Canada. The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs that have been announced to-date are conducting research in a range of fields, from machine learning for health, autonomous vehicles, artificial neural networks, climate change and more.
National Program of Activities
A key component of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy is the National Program of Activities. These are a series of workshops, training programs, conferences and other events to bring AI researchers from across Canada together to foster collaboration and partnerships, increase the number of highly-skilled graduates in AI and advance AI research and innovation.
CIFAR AI4Good National Training Program: CIFAR is working with researchers and organizations across the country to support training programs for the next generation of AI researchers at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, with a special focus on programs that advance equity, diversity and inclusion in AI and deliver positive social impact.
AI4Health Task Force: Led by CIFAR, the AI4Health Task Force outlines a strategy that enables Canada to take advantage of world-class AI for health research. Report to be published early summer 2020.
CIFAR AI Catalyst Grants Program: In February 2020, CIFAR issued a targeted call for interdisciplinary research collaborations to spark innovative, high-risk/high-reward ideas and projects with Canada CIFAR AI Chairs.
AICan Symposium: The third annual meeting of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy will be held in January 2021 and will feature exciting new developments in machine learning research by some of the world’s leading AI researchers and profile the National Program of Activities.
CIFAR AI & Society Program brings together experts from across sectors, from industry and government, to law and ethics, to engage in in-depth discussions on some of the most important and timely challenges that AI is posing to society. These include implications it has on the practice of medicine, democracy, climate change, children and other vulnerable groups, and many more.
CIFAR is collaborating on a number of national and international AI policy initiatives toward the responsible, ethical and economic stewardship of AI.