8 Apr 2019

Six Mila Faculty Members receive an AI Canada-CIFAR Chair

As part of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, CIFAR announced an expansion of the Canada CIFAR AI Chairs program, bringing the total number of chairs to 46, from 29 announced in December 2018.

The prestigious Canada CIFAR AI Chairs program, funded by the Federal government with $86.5 million over five years, provides researchers with long-term, dedicated research funding to support their research programs and help them to train the next generation of AI leaders. The 46 Chairs are named in partnership with Canada’s three national AI Institutes: Amii (Edmonton), Mila (Quebec) and the Vector Institute (Toronto), as well as twelve universities and hospitals across the country.

The new chairholders are:

  • Laurent Charlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, HEC Montreal, Mila Faculty Member
  • William Hamilton, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill University, Mila Faculty Member
  • Guillaume Rabusseau, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Operations Research, Université de Montréal, Mila Faculty Member
  • Liam Paull, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Operations Research, Université de Montréal, Mila Associate Faculty Member,
  • Frank Wood, Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, University of British Columbia, Mila Associate Faculty Member
  • Geoff Gordon, Adjunct Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill University; Director of Research, Microsoft Research, Montreal; Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Mila Associate Faculty Member

“The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs Program is core to Canada’s ongoing leadership in machine learning research and training,” says Dr. Elissa Strome, Executive Director of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. “As the first country to develop a national AI strategy and the birthplace of deep learning, Canada is uniquely positioned to advance machine learning research and responsible AI.”

The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs program aims to increase the number of outstanding artificial intelligence researchers and skilled graduates in Canada, and to enhance Canada’s international profile in AI research and training.

More information on the Canada CIFAR AI Chairs Program and the full list of chairs is available here.