What is Machine Intelligence?

Existing at the intersection of machine learning and artificial intelligence, machine intelligence is advanced computing that enables a machine to interact with its environment in an intelligent way.

Amii specializes in the research and development of machine learning technologies, including their application in artificial intelligence.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a set of algorithms, processes and methodologies that allow a computer system to perform tasks that would normally require human-level intelligence. AI can appear as a component in a larger system or in the form of a computer application, digital agent or autonomous machine.

What is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is a field of computing science focused around developing algorithms that enable a computer system to independently learn from, and continuously adapt to, data without being explicitly programmed for that data. Machine learning is a crucial component in many artificial intelligence systems.

Where is Machine Learning Used?
  • Recommender systems (e.g. Netflix or Amazon)
  • Contextual web searches (e.g. Google)
  • Intelligent digital assistants (e.g. Cortana or Siri)
  • Game-playing AI (e.g. AlphaGo or Cepheus)
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Email spam filters
Why is Machine Intelligence Important?

Recently, machine intelligence technologies have experienced a global resurgence due to growing volumes and varieties of data, the utility of this data in training smart systems and an increased awareness of the value of data in providing a competitive edge in business.

Machine intelligence is expected to form the basis for most technological and business advancements for years to come. According to a report issued by McKinsey & Company, technologies that employ machine intelligence will have created over $50 trillion in economic impact by the year 2025.

How Can Machine Intelligence Enhance My Business?

Machine intelligence allows organizations to operate more efficiently and effectively, using data to predict the future and manage the present.

Computer systems with machine intelligence can perform a variety of tasks:

  • Optimize and automate processes
  • Extract and classify data
  • Detect, analyze and predict trends/patterns
  • Enhance interaction with humans/the environment

Want to bring machine intelligence to your business? Visit our Innovation Affiliates program.

Amii News

From AICML to Amii

Introducing Amii

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Amii, the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, a world-leading team of machine intelligence researchers housed at the University of Alberta.

We originally started in 2002 as AICML (the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning), specializing in advanced research and development in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, together called machine intelligence.

As a research institute based out of the Department of Computing Science, we push the bounds of academic knowledge and develop innovative solutions for some of the toughest challenges facing Alberta and beyond.

With the launch of our new brand, we are reaffirming our commitment to creating and discovering the future of machine intelligence.

Driving Innovations in Research

Our team of 11 researchers conduct advanced research in areas such as reinforcement learning, algorithmic game theory, data science and health informatics, among others.

Many will recognize our team’s contributions to the varied field of machine intelligence.

In 2007, we solved checkers, a long-standing challenge problem for AI researchers, and in 2015, we produced the first AI agent capable of playing an essentially-perfect game of heads-up limit hold’em poker. Through the Arcade Learning Environment, we’ve encouraged researchers around the world to adopt a new challenge problem focused on Atari 2600 games.

Outside of AI challenge problems, we recently launched PFM Scheduling Services, which revolutionizes the way scheduling is done in union environments. We’ve also produced leading-edge innovations toward the diagnosis of tuberculosis and ADHD, and we work to enhance the lives of people with upper-body amputations through intelligent artificial limbs.

Through these and a number of other projects, we continue to push forward fundamental understanding of machine intelligence algorithms, architectures and applications.

Delivering Intelligent Business Solutions

In launching our new website, www.amii.ca, we’re also stepping up our efforts to deliver innovative applications of machine intelligence to businesses in Alberta and beyond.

We collaborate with organizations of all types and sizes to develop machine intelligence solutions that meet specific business challenges. And we provide intelligent tools that can enable an organization to predict trends and patterns, analyze and classify data or optimize and automate processes.

We also recently launched our Industrial Affiliate Program, which provides an opportunity for a deeper level of engagement with Amii’s experts. Through facilitated interactions, Affiliates can gain enhanced access to our world-leading researchers and students and also discover the latest advancements in machine intelligence from the international research community.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your business, enable scientific discovery or understand the next wave of advanced computing, Amii can help.

Contact us and discover the future of machine intelligence.