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CIFAR brings together outstanding researchers from across disciplines and borders to address important challenges facing the world. We support leading edge research with the potential for global impact.

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Why personalized assistance can help: the case for improving academic success

by CIFAR
Sep 19 / 13
In filling out forms and changing day-to-day routines, the challenge of "where to begin" often overwhelms and leads to procrastination.

In his talk, CIFAR Senior Fellow Oreopoulos discusses the often overlooked importance of personal assistance (or 'hand-holding') from someone trusted and experienced to overcome these obstacles to significantly improve well-being. The remarkable increase in post-secondary enrolment from helping parents and youth past the financial aid application is but one example.

A presentation by Philip Oreopoulos (University of Toronto) at the Building Better Lives & Communities symposium on Sept. 19, 2013.

Blue Blocks

Artificial Intelligence

CIFAR plays a significant role in AI research. We helped to enable some of the fundamental breakthroughs in the field, through our Learning in Machines & Brains program. We lead a $125 million national strategy to establish Canada's international leadership in AI and we run a program that explores the ways that AI will reshape our society.


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Strategy
Red Maple

Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy

CIFAR is leading the Government of Canada’s Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, working in partnership with three newly established AI institutes.
Research Program
Neural

Learning in Machines & Brains

How do we understand intelligence and build intelligent machines?

Exchange
AI & Society

AI & Society

CIFAR’s AI & Society program aims to examine the questions AI will pose for society involving diverse topics, including the economy, ethics, policymaking, philosophy and the law.

Exchange

Exchange – the act of giving and receiving – is central to knowledge mobilization at CIFAR. By connecting our research programs to global thought leaders outside of academia, we enrich research and stimulate new social, economic and technical innovations.


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Latest Research Briefs

Research Briefs are a summary of recent or seminal research from CIFAR fellows. 

Latest Event Briefs

CIFAR provides a knowledge outlet for the influential research in its various multi-disciplinary programs. 

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding and support to help scholars build their network and develop essential skills to become the next generation of research leaders. Researchers within five years of their first academic appointment from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.


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Upcoming Dates

The 2019 Call for Applications opens on December 3, 2018. The deadline for applications is February 5, 2019

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Global Scholars - Ajith Parameswaran

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  • Video
  • Social Interactions, Identity & Well Being

Why personalized assistance can help: the case for improving academic success

by CIFAR
Sep 19 / 13
In filling out forms and changing day-to-day routines, the challenge of "where to begin" often overwhelms and leads to procrastination.

In his talk, CIFAR Senior Fellow Oreopoulos discusses the often overlooked importance of personal assistance (or 'hand-holding') from someone trusted and experienced to overcome these obstacles to significantly improve well-being. The remarkable increase in post-secondary enrolment from helping parents and youth past the financial aid application is but one example.

A presentation by Philip Oreopoulos (University of Toronto) at the Building Better Lives & Communities symposium on Sept. 19, 2013.