As of September 2022, Mila counts more than 1,000 researchers (master’s, doctorate and postdoctorate, interns and visiting researchers) and students (professional master’s, DESS).
349 Mila researchers have received grants and scholarships since 2021, a 21% increase compared to the previous year.
Research projects involving Mila-affiliated faculty members jumped from 321 to 447, a 39% increase.
Mila has seen consistent and substantial growth among its faculty, reflecting its ability to attract talent and create a thriving research community.
From April 2021 to March 2022, Mila researchers published 547 peer-reviewed articles, 35% of which were co-authored by industry collaborators.
Since 2021, the number of employees supporting Mila’s research activities and operations grew from 71 to 105, representing a staggering 48% increase.
Mila professors have garnered prestigious awards and nominations for excellence over the past year:
To spotlight the members of its talented community, Mila launched the Life at Mila video series in the spring, featuring laid-back interviews with Mila students. Six videos have been released thus far.
In this instalment, meet Dongyan Lin, a PhD student at McGill University. When she is not exploring Montreal’s parks and enjoying its famous bagels, Dongyan studies how neuroscience and AI can complement and advance one another.
Click here to view the full series. More videos coming soon!
AI is already transforming global economic activity, and Mila is lending its expertise to industry partners across operational activities, from applied research projects to consultations and startup growth.
In 2021–22, the number of Mila industry partners jumped from 84 to 105, a 25% increase.
Of those 105 organizations, 67 are Canadian.
23% of Mila’s industry partners belong to the health and life sciences sector.
This past June, Mila launched its AI Activation program to help organizations, including small and medium-sized businesses, begin the process of adopting high-level machine learning.
Through advisory mandates spanning a few months, our applied machine learning scientist teams guide organizations towards the advanced use of AI to improve their productivity, generating positive impacts on society.
Mila’s Applied Machine Learning Research Team works with organizations on high-impact and challenging machine learning projects. The team's unique collaborative approach aims to design and implement cutting-edge solutions that benefit organizations by enriching their machine learning capabilities.
Since April 2021, 49 companies have benefited from technology transfers. Discover two innovative projects led by Mila’s Applied Machine Learning Research Team:
The Mila community is made up of passionate and curiosity-driven researchers with the potential to change the world through AI applications. The Mila Entrepreneurship Lab was launched in 2022 to nurture this entrepreneurial spirit and to support the growth of startups launched by Mila researchers at all stages of development.
Mila PhD student Charles C. Onu is the Founder of Ubenwa, a Mila Startup whose mission is to make clinical diagnostic tools more widely accessible.
“Growing up in Nigeria, of all the socioeconomic challenges around me, the deficiencies in healthcare stood out the most. I’ve lost relatives due to simple inadequacies. It was always a question of how I can apply my science and engineering education to improve healthcare, and my path led me to AI.”
In 2022, Ubenwa raised $CAD 3.24 million to launch an app that can decipher baby cries to detect and diagnose medical conditions that have traditionally been difficult to diagnose, such as neurological issues caused by perinatal asphyxia.
Aeroport AI reduces aircraft preparation time and flight delays by using computer vision and deep learning to monitor and analyze aircraft ground handling in real-time, and provide delay alerts and predictions to optimize apron operations.
Apex seeks to understand economic and financial interactions through open market dynamics. The company develops large-scale AI-based supply and demand simulators to help decision-makers make more informed decisions at any scale.
Chapa is an Ethiopian financial service and data engineering company. Chapa provides merchants and entrepreneurs with solutions for payments and transaction issues.
Mohana aims to make it easier for people with lifestyle-related chronic conditions improve their well-being and symptoms. The startup product is designed around the key stepping stones of how one would work with a nutritionist or a naturopath.
SilicoLabs is a company conducting behavioural research to enable scientists to leverage emerging technologies, within a framework designed for interdisciplinary research and collaboration.
Raiv Computers is a neurotechnology startup developing advanced machine learning and AI tools to improve neural therapies using brain-machine interfaces and deep brain stimulation.
Unser Dialog provides a dialogue forum where controversial topics can be discussed in a fruitful and empowering manner. Its mission is to make AI knowledge accessible for everyone, empowering and including citizens in AI decision-making.
DreamFold aims to find cures for diseases such as diabetes and cancer with technology based on high throughput biological experimentation, active learning and GflowNets to enable the design of antibodies that target membrane proteins and transmit the signal directly into the diseased cell.
The development of socially responsible AI for the benefit of all is at the heart of Mila’s mission. As a leader, Mila contributes to social dialogue and the development of applications that will benefit society through collaborations between researchers and stakeholders with diverse skills who want to harness the potential of AI and advanced technologies to create a better world.
The new Public Policy and Learning stream within the AI for Humanity team aims to raise awareness of and capacity for responsible AI practices across the AI ecosystem by developing training programs, consulting services and practical resources for Mila students, partners and startups.
The team will also build Mila’s public policy capacity to lead national and international discussions on AI regulation and governance by upskilling and convening policymakers worldwide and collaborating with global organizations like GPAI, UNESCO and UN-Habitat.
Mila distinguished itself on the health front in several ways during the past year, largely as a result of the creation of a unit that develops health-related initiatives. It includes more than 35 world-renowned professors whose research interests lie at the interface between AI and the life sciences, ranging from bioinformatics and medical machine learning to neuroscience and oncology.
On the Mila Blog: a strategic partnership between Mila and Relation Therapeutics for the discovery of synergistic drug combinations
Mila and Relation Therapeutics have been involved in a fruitful collaboration via the RECOVER project, funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Repeated experiments guided by sequential model optimization hone in on synergistic drug combinations active against a cancer cell line, requiring substantially less screening than an exhaustive evaluation. Read more.
Discover how Mila researchers are exploring the implications of AI in the fight against climate change and some of the projects underway.
Mila’s mission is to be a global pole for scientific advances that inspires innovation and the progress of AI for the benefit of all.
Mila’s values are the cornerstone of our vision and feed the DNA of our organization.
Attract, develop and retain a diversified pool of talent recognized globally for their high-level expertise.
Achieve the highest levels of scientific leadership in AI development.
Contribute to partnerships, projects and initiatives to accelerate the deployment and adoption of AI.
Develop perspectives on the potential of AI and the issues related to its use.