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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence: Is Canada ready for the challenge?

Yoshua Bengio, Université de Montréal

Machine learning, and more specifically deep learning, will generate immense wealth and transform economies over the coming decade. Yoshua Bengio will discuss Canada's leadership in the stunning scientific revolution that is bringing machines ever closer to human-level intelligence, and the serious questions these technologies now pose for decision-makers. With global companies investing massively to secure the benefits of automation, how does Canada maximize the chance of seeing the 'Google' or 'Facebook' of artificial intelligence created and anchored here? How do we ensure that enough wealth remains in the country to finance our social safety net and training programs through a period of accelerated workplace disruption?

Yoshua Bengio, holds a Canada Research Chair and co-directs the CIFAR program that saw the birth of deep learning. He is also scientific director of IVADO and heads the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), currently the largest academic research group on deep learning worldwide. In 2016, he co-founded Element AI, now the largest Canadian AI company, and is working towards developing the AI ecosystem in Montreal and in the rest of Canada. A professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at Université de Montréal, he is the author of three books and more than 300 publications.

The presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and many other sponsors.

The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after September 25, 2017

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Contact information: Donna Boag,, 613-991-6369