AI brings new energy to oil and gas

Amii and Imperial to collaborate on machine learning for the oilpatch

CALGARY, AB (September 27, 2019) – The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) and Imperial have announced a two-year agreement to collaborate on the development of Imperial’s in-house machine learning capabilities, which will enable a range of applied artificial intelligence (AI) projects. Through these projects, Imperial will work to develop more effective ways to recover oil and gas resources, reduce environmental impacts and improve the safety of its workforce.

“At Imperial, we are taking action to be a leader in advancing digital and AI technology across the value chain,” said John Whelan, Imperial’s senior vice-president, upstream. “Amii is not only a leader in the AI space globally, but based locally in Alberta. We believe the institute is a perfect partner to help us showcase Alberta’s leadership in technology and digital solutions for responsibly-produced oil and gas.”

Working closely with Imperial, Amii will provide business guidance and scientific mentorship to build Imperial’s in-house machine intelligence capabilities and teams. Amii experts will help define and validate machine learning opportunities, provide assistance with applied projects and connections to the latest applicable AI research. The institute will also support Imperial in attracting and developing its technical teams with an emphasis on enhancing the skills of current employees.

“Imperial is an ideal member for our Amii Innovates program,” says John Shillington, President and CEO of Amii. “Not only do they have a strong commitment to driving innovation in the oil and gas sector, but they’re also focused on growing their internal AI capabilities and teams right here in Alberta.”

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About Amii: One of Canada’s leading AI institutes, Amii drives advanced research in machine intelligence at the University of Alberta and other academic institutions and leverages scientific expertise to advance state-of-the-art industry research, enable businesses to build their internal machine learning capabilities and grow Alberta’s AI workforce. Visit amii.ca for more information, or view our fact sheet.

Cautionary Statement: Statements of future events or conditions in this release, including projections, targets, and estimates are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as intend, project, expect, estimate, goal, believe, anticipate, likely, will and similar references to future periods. Disclosure related to the development of digital and AI technology and its potential value opportunity for Imperial constitute forward-looking statements.

Actual future financial and operating results, including expectations and assumptions concerning applicable laws and government policies; project plans, dates, costs and capacities; production rates; production life and resource recoveries; cost savings; and capital and environmental expenditures could differ materially depending on a number of factors. These factors include changes in the supply of and demand for crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum and petrochemical products and resulting price and margin impacts; political or regulatory events, including changes in law or government policy; the receipt, in a timely manner, of regulatory and third-party approvals; environmental risks inherent in oil and gas exploration and production activities; environmental regulation, including climate change and greenhouse gas restrictions and changes to such regulation; availability and allocation of capital; availability and performance of third party service providers; unanticipated operational disruptions; project management and schedules; response to technological developments; operational hazards and risks; and other factors described in Item 1A of Imperial’s most recent Form 10-K. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some that are similar to other oil and gas companies and some that are unique to Imperial. Imperial’s actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by its forward-looking statements and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them. Imperial undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law.

Amii Innovates launches, guides AI adoption in Alberta businesses

Amii announces first cohort of Innovation Affiliates, unveils program offerings

EDMONTON, AB (September 12, 2019) – The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) is pleased to announce the launch of Amii Innovates, a program which guides teams and businesses on the path to AI adoption. One of four program areas within Amii, Amii Innovates works closely with Alberta-based businesses to grow their internal machine intelligence capabilities.

Amii’s Innovation Affiliates were chosen through a highly selective application process based on their readiness for machine intelligence adoption and potential for commercial success. Amii has worked collaboratively with these 23 companies over the past year, four of which have already become alumni.

“We’re proud to work with organizations that understand the transformative potential of machine intelligence across every sector, and who are working to innovate within their industries,” says John Shillington, President and CEO of Amii. “We strongly believe that machine intelligence will be the primary driver of sustainable growth for Alberta’s economy, and that this program will help bring our province’s bright future into focus.”

“In keeping with the high standard of providing leading edge trading software, our company is pleased to have partnered with Amii to work towards expanding our internal AI capacity,” says Tim Gunn, President of Net Energy Exchange (NE2). “Working with Amii has substantially expanded our company’s knowledge in the area of Machine Learning. This knowledge has enabled our company to begin hiring and training our own AI support team, paving our way into the future.”

The first cohort of Innovation Affiliates includes:

  • 2S Water
  • AIMCo (alumnus)
  • Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (alumnus)
  • ARC Resources
  • The Climate Corporation (alumnus)
  • Cognitive Diagnosis
  • Dot Technology Corp.
  • Drugbank
  • EHS Analytics
  • FORCORP Solutions
  • Frettable
  • Hoot Research
  • Imperial Oil Limited
  • Integral Engineering
  • Medo.AI
  • Mikata Health Inc.
  • Net Energy Exchange (NE2)
  • OKAKI
  • SAM
  • Shell Scotford Refinery (alumnus)
  • Synauta Inc.
  • Testfire Labs
  • Willowglen Systems Inc.

To mark the occasion, Amii will bring together Innovation Affiliates and members of business and technology communities for Amii Innovates launch events in Edmonton and Calgary. These special events will spotlight the first cohort of Innovation Affiliates, feature other Amii partner businesses, and officially unveil the Amii Innovates program offerings.

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About Amii: One of Canada’s leading AI institutes, Amii drives advanced research in machine intelligence at the University of Alberta and other academic institutions and leverages scientific expertise to advance state-of-the-art industry research, enable businesses to build their internal machine learning capabilities and grow Alberta’s AI workforce. Visit amii.ca for more information, or view our fact sheet.

Editor’s note: In the initial release, we reported that we had been working with 24 companies; this number is actually 23. We apologize for the miscommunication.