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The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs

The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs program is the cornerstone program of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. A total of $86.5 million has been earmarked for this program.

The goal of the Canada CIFAR AI Chairs Program is to recruit and retain in Canada some of the world’s leading researchers in AI and provide them with long-term, dedicated research funding to support their research programs, and help them train the next generation of AI leaders.

The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs are pioneering research in a range of fields, from drug discovery and machine learning for health, autonomous vehicles, materials discovery, human-AI interaction, natural language prediction, and more.

CIFAR and the AI Institutes - Amii in Alberta, Mila in Montréal, and Vector Institute in Toronto - have named 46 Canada CIFAR AI Chairs.

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Meet the Brains Behind AI

The Brains Behind AI is a 10-part video series that provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of Canada’s most talented researchers in artificial intelligence, what areas of research they are focusing on over the next five years as Canada CIFAR AI Chairs and CIFAR fellows, and what motivates them to pursue research in a variety of areas that will transform the way we live and work.

Canada CIFAR AI Chairs

Aishwarya Agrawal

Aishwarya Agrawal

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Tal Arbel

Tal Arbel

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
AlanAspuruGuzik

Alán Aspuru-Guzik

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
    Fellow, Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Vector Institute
Jimmy Ba

Jimmy Ba

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Pierre-Luc Bacon

Pierre-Luc Bacon

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Marc G. Bellemare

Marc Bellemare

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Shai Ben-David

Shai Ben-David

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Yoshua Bengio

Yoshua Bengio

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Danilo Bzdok

Danilo Bzdok

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Juan Felipe Carrasquilla

Juan Felipe Carrasquilla

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Sarath Chandar

Sarath Chandar

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Angel Chang

Angel Chang

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Laurent Charlin

Laurent Charlin

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Jackie Cheung

Jackie Cheung

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Aaron Courville

Aaron Courville

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Fernando Diaz

Fernando Diaz

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Marc-Antoine Dilhac

Marc-Antoine Dilhac

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Christophe Dubach

Christophe Dubach

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Audrey Durand

Audrey Durand

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Murat Erdogdu

Murat Erdogdu

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Amir-massoud Farahmand

Amir-massoud Farahmand

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Sanja Fidler

Sanja Fidler

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
LMB_DavidFleet

David Fleet

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Jakob Foerster

Jakob Foerster

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
BMC_AlonaFyshe

Alona Fyshe

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Christian Gagné

Christian Gagné

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Animesh Garg

Animesh Garg

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Pascal Germain

Pascal Germain

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Marzyeh Ghassemi

Marzyeh Ghassemi

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Anna Goldenberg

Anna Goldenberg

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Geoffrey J. Gordon

Geoffrey J. Gordon

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
RogerGrosse

Roger Grosse

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
William Hamilton

William Hamilton

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Simon Lacoste-Julien

Simon Lacoste-Julien

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
LMB_HugoLarochelle

Hugo Larochelle

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
François Laviolette

François Laviolette

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Nicolas Le Roux

Nicolas Le Roux

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
kevinleyton-brown

Kevin Leyton-Brown

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Chris J. Maddison

Chris J. Maddison

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Rupam Mahmood

Rupam Mahmood

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Alireza Makhzani

Alireza Makhzani

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Sheila McIlraith

Sheila McIlraith

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Ioannis Mitliagkis

Ioannis Mitliagkas

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Quaid Morris

Quaid Morris

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Sara Mostafavi

Sara Mostafavi

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Lili Mou

Lili Mou

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Tim O’Donnell

Tim O’Donnell

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
SageevOore

Sageev Oore

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Christopher Pal

Christopher Pal

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Nicolas Papernot

Nicolas Papernot

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Courtney Paquette

Courtney Paquette

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
LiamPaull

Liam Paull

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Gennady Pekhimenko

Gennady Pekhimenko

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
LMB_JoellePineau

Joelle Pineau

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Toniann Pitassi

Toniann Pitassi

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
PascalPoupart

Pascal Poupart

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Doina Precup

Doina Precup

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Reihaneh Rabbany

Reihaneh Rabbany

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
guillaume2

Guillaume Rabusseau

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Siamak Ravanbakhsh

Siamak Ravanbakhsh

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Siva Reddy

Siva Reddy

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
LMB_BlakeRichards

Blake Richards

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Irina Rish

Irina Rish

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
DanielRoy

Daniel Roy

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Frank Rudzicz

Frank Rudzicz

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
MarkSchmidt

Mark Schmidt

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Angela Schoellig

Angela Schoellig

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
LeonidSigal

Leonid Sigal

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Nathan Sturtevant

Nathan Sturtevant

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Csaba Szepesvari

Csaba Szepesvari

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Jian Tang

Jian Tang

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
LMB_GrahamTaylor

Graham Taylor

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Martin Vallières

Martin Vallières

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
Pascal Vincent

Pascal Vincent

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
BoWang

Bo Wang

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute
Adam White

Adam White

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Martha White

Martha White

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
FrankWood

Frank Wood

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Mila
James Wright

James Wright

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Amii
Yaoliang Yu

Yaoliang Yu

  • Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Vector Institute