CIFAR VIRTUAL TALKS
Science is the exit strategy
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged every organization, including CIFAR, to rapidly pivot and help address this crisis. CIFAR’s research community is responding to COVID-19 in many important ways, including retooling labs and launching new projects that will help us navigate our road to the new normal.
CIFAR Virtual Talks explore leading research from across the globe through conversations with researchers and innovators.
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Upcoming Virtual Talks
Empowering Citizens to Act on COVID-19 with AI-Powered Infection Risk Prediction
Wednesday June 10 | 2:00pm-2:30pm EDT
On June 10, Yoshua Bengio, Canada CIFAR AI Chair at Mila, co-director of CIFAR’s Learning in Machines & Brains program, and professor at l’Université de Montréal will join Antoine Petit, a member of CIFAR’s Research Council and the chairman and CEO of CNRS, to discuss COVI, a new AI-powered contact-tracing and risk prediction app.
Yoshua Bengio is a Canada CIFAR AI Chair at Mila, co-director of CIFAR’s Learning in Machines & Brains program, and professor at l’Université de Montréal. He is a pioneer of deep learning and has been leading the development of COVI, a contact-tracing and infection risk prediction smartphone app for COVID-19.
Antoine Petit is a member of CIFAR’s Research Council and the chairman and CEO of CNRS, France’s state research organisation and the largest fundamental science agency in Europe. Before becoming a world-renowned leader in science policy and administration, Petit earned a PhD in computer science and was a professor at several high-ranking universities in France.
This event is offered in French. English subtitles will be available on the post-event recording.
Government Responses to Covid-19: Economics, Politics and The Role of Scientific Advice
Monday June 22 | 12:00pm-12:30pm EDT
On June 22, Tim Besley, a fellow in CIFAR’s Institutions, Organizations & Growth program and an economist at Oxford University, will draw on economic and political theory to discuss governments’ pandemic responses with Rebecca Finlay, Vice President, Engagement & Public Policy, CIFAR.
Tim Besley is a fellow in CIFAR’s Institutions, Organizations & Growth program and a professor of economics at Oxford University. He investigates how institutions shape economic policy decisions, with particular emphasis on improving the quality of economic policy-making and reducing instability.
Rebecca Finlay is CIFAR’s Vice President of Engagement & Public Policy. She founded CIFAR’s global knowledge mobilization practice in 2014, bringing together experts in industry, civil society, healthcare and government to accelerate the societal impact of CIFAR’s research programs. She also leads CIFAR’s partnerships with governments and public sector organizations in Canada and worldwide.
This event is offered in English. French subtitles will be available on the post-event recording.
Recent Virtual Talks
Hendrik Poinar: What past pandemics can teach us about COVID-19
On June 4, 2020, Hendrik Poinar, a fellow in CIFAR’s Humans & the Microbiome program and an evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University, drew on ancient DNA analysis, anthropology, and history to discuss what past pandemics and plagues can teach us about COVID-19 with Kate Geddie, Senior Director, Research at CIFAR.
Marzyeh Ghassemi and Joseph Paul Cohen: Using X-rays and machine learning to more accurately predict COVID-19 severity
On May 21, 2020, Canada CIFAR AI Chair Marzyeh Ghassemi and Joseph Paul Cohen (Mila) joined Elissa Strome, Executive Director of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, to discuss a new AI and COVID-19 Catalyst Grant project applying the latest machine learning techniques to X-ray scans in order to predict COVID-19 severity.
Thom McDade: Community-based approaches to COVID-19 screening
On April 30th, 2020, CIFAR Fellow Thom McDade explained why widespread antibody testing for COVID-19 is important, and how a paper-based test could help authorities better understand the extent of the pandemic.